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For parents of preschool-aged children, finding the perfect program for their child can be challenging. Preschool is fundamental for a child’s development and the start of their love for learning. To help ease the burden, Toledo Parent has compiled a list of stellar preschools and daycare centers in the Toledo area.
Children’s Discovery Center
Downtown Toledo: 338 N St Clair St. | 419-255-4890
West Toledo: 3839 Talmadge Rd. | 419-474-8303
Perrysburg: 11090 Avenue Rd. | 419-874-8203
Children’s Discovery Center (CDC) is focused on helping children learn through discovery. The idea came about from Reggio Emilia’s educational philosophy, an inquiry-based approach to student learning. Children are encouraged to investigate, create and collaborate with others in order to solve problems. The center has an experienced group of teachers who work with the children to design projects that will lead to intellectual, emotional, creative, and physical development. CDC has programs for children of all ages, from infancy to fourth grade. Transportation is provided to and from select schools for elementary students, and full-day care is provided when other schools are closed. There are six local centers in the Toledo area and hours for each center can be found online.
Sylvania Children’s Center
3421 Talmadge Road, Toledo | 419-537-1122
Sylvania Children’s Center believes in letting kids be kids and ensures that the children in their care can grow and develop at their own pace. Sylvania Children’s Center is open from 7:30am-6pm from September to June with summer options as well. Children from as young as six weeks to six years old are welcome to attend. Unique to this center is the focus on classroom layout. Each classroom includes areas of interest for all children including writing, reading, science, math, dramatic arts and expressive arts. The emphasis on the classroom layout helps create an at-home feel for the children and allows them to comfortably explore and develop their own knowledge. Also unique to Sylvania Children’s Center are the top credentials that the Center has earned from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. All staff members are trained by the organization and all teachers regularly attend professional development sessions.
West Side Montessori
7115 W. Bancroft, Toledo | 419-866-1931
13587 Roachton Rd., Perrysburg | 419-874-9385
Montessori education is very unique as it revolves around cognitive learning through hands-on activities. Children’s lessons are determined based on their own individual learning styles, and students set their own learning pace. Additionally students choose work based on their own interests and abilities. Class sizes are often very small and students often have the same teacher for multiple years which really allows educators to have a more individual focus on their students. West Side Montessori offers classes for toddlers all the way up to eighth grade. At a young age students are introduced to foreign language studies, musical/performing arts, and technology courses. Extracurricular activities are also available for children of all ages, and for working parents the child care option is very appealing. Any enrolled student qualifies to participate in the before and after school child care which runs until 6pm at both the Toledo and Perrysburg locations.
Maumee Valley Country Day School
1715 South Reynolds Road, Toledo
419-381-1313 | mvcds.org
With a commitment to inclusion, Maumee Valley Country Day School ensures that all students feel accepted and safe. The school works hard to create a community with their students, teachers, and parents where learning is a top priority for everyone. Maumee Valley’s Early Learning Center provides schooling for children as young as 2 ½ through kindergarten. The preschool program is very hands-on and play-based where children can learn at their own pace in a classroom and outside of the classroom. As children continue through the grade levels, they have many opportunities to participate in fine arts programs and athletics. As students get closer to college, they experience college counseling which is an individualized program to help students create a four-year portfolio and prepare for college. 100% of graduates from Maumee Valley Country Day School go on to four-year institutions.
519 Ordway Avenue, Bowling Green
419-353-3898 | sleekacademy.us
Sleek Academy is a newer private school in the area that serves students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Sleek Academy teaches using modern educational methods, namely project-based learning and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Traditional subjects, like English and History, are taught using a hands-on approach to engage students, facilitate retention, and explore real-world situations at their own pace. While state testing is a major concern for public schools, Sleek Academy looks to assess students on projects that align with state standards, rather than testing. Another benefit to this school is the small class sizes that allow teachers the opportunity to work one-on-one with individual students.
Thrive Child Care
Oregon: 3530 Seaman Rd. | 419-691-6313
Perrysburg: 1134 Professional Dr. | 419-873-0870
Thrive Child Care provides quality, faith-based childcare and educational services to families in Oregon, Perrysburg and the surrounding communities. Thrive believes that all children are special and loved in God’s eyes and teach this to little ones through Bible stories, prayer and music. Children are encouraged to grow and learn at their own pace with a play-based curriculum. Consistent daily routines provide the emotional security necessary for children to feel comfortable to explore and learn in the classroom, allowing parents to raise a happy and healthy child. Childcare is provided for infants (6 weeks) to age five with the Perrysburg location offering kindergarten as well. Before and after school care is offered for school-age children.