Childcare and Preschool Guide


Toledo Area Parent is dedicated to providing parents with the best options for their children. For over 22 years, our commitment has been steadfast helping little learners find a place that is comfortable and promotes learning and growing with our Childcare & Preschool Guide. Trust us when it comes to choosing programs that are right for your family!


Little Explorers Learning Center 

1555 South Byrne Rd. #100, Toledo



Educational philosophy: Curriculum is designed so that children may progress at their own rate in a loving, caring, and secure environment.

Tours and open houses available: By appointment, 8am-6pm Monday-Friday.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: Ratios are at or below state regulations

Hours of operation: 6am–6pm Monday–Friday

Daily activities: Gross Motor, Free play, Circle Time, Bible, Learning Centers, Snack, Nap

Nap times: 1pm–3pm

Meals and snacks provided? Snacks and milk are provided, families provide lunch

Potty training required? Potty training begins in Toddler 2 and is required to advance to preschool.


St. Joseph Preschool

5411 S. Main St., Sylvania



Educational philosophy: Hands-on, developmental, fosters a love of God and for each other.

Tours and open houses available: Call for a tour and see where your child’s educational journey begins.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: 2 teachers: 16-20 children ages 3, 4 and 5 Extended Day Enrichment Program, Before and After-school program.

Hours of operation: Morning Preschool from 8:30-11:15am for 2-5 days per week.

Daily activities:”Family-style” field trips and celebrations

Nap times: Yes

Meals and snacks provided? Healthy snacks provided

Potty training required? Yes


Sylvania Children’s Center

3421 Talmadge Rd.



Educational philosophy: Their major goal is to educate the whole child, “head, heart, and hands,” in a nurturing, homelike environment. The focus is on developing children’s self-confidence and positive feelings toward learning. The Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is rated “5 Star” by Step up to Quality in the State of Ohio.

Tours and open houses available: Call to schedule. 

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: Provide small classes, favorable teacher-child ratios and quality interaction.

Hours of operation: Daily from 8am-5pm, accepts children from 6 weeks to 6 years old. Part time preschool is available from 8:30-11:30am and noon-3pm.

Daily activities: Encourage children to be active learners, and draw on direct physical and social experiences so they can construct their own understandings of the world around them.

Nap times: No

Meals and snacks provided? No

Potty training required? No


Children’s Discovery Center

6 Locations to serve you:

338 North St. Clair St. 419-255-4890

Franklin Park
3839 Talmadge Rd.

11090 Avenue Rd.

7033 Lighthouse Way

8011 Dutch Road

1640 Timberwolf Dr.

Educational philosophy: Children’s Discovery Center provides the opportunity for your child to discover the world in his or her unique way. With programs based on the world-renowned Reggio Emilia’s approach to learning, your child’s unique interests and abilities are nurtured and developed. The single most important element of the Reggio Emilia approach is the image of the child as strong, powerful and capable.

Tours and open houses available: Call to schedule

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio? Varies by age group

Hours of operation: Varies by location

Daily activities: Morning Meeting, Project Work, Learning Centers, Group Games, Story Time, Gross Motor Outside & Discovery Room

Nap times: 1-3pm

Meals and snacks provided? Yes

Potty training required? No


Toledo Christian Schools

2303 Brookford Dr.



Educational philosophy: Prepare students for a rigorous phonics-based Kindergarten by being “reading ready” and academically mature

Tours and open houses available: Available upon request, Open Houses once per semester.

Teacher/student ratio: Preschool is 1:12, Pre-Kindergarten is 1:14.

Hours of operation: 8:15am-3pm, with before and after care options available

Daily activities: Lessons and activities focus on Phonics, Math, Literature & Poetry, Prayer & Devotions

Nap times: Noon-1:45pm

Meals and snacks provided? Snacks are provided, lunches are to be packed, with cafeteria lunch available for purchase

Potty training required? Yes, students must be able to use the restroom with complete independence


Trinity Lutheran School 

4560 Glendale Ave.



Educational philosophy: They provide a learning environment that promotes growth in the Christian life through structured age-appropriate curriculum by licensed Early Childhood Educators.

Tours and open houses available: Call to set up a tour.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: 1:12 for 3 year olds; 1:14 for 4 year olds

Hours of operation: 3-year-olds Tuesday and Thursday, 4-year-olds Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Morning or Afternoon Session, Extended Care 6:30am-6pm Monday-Friday.

Daily activities: Handwriting Without Tears and McGraw Hill My Math Curriculum

Nap times: After lunch for preschoolers in extended care

Meals and snacks provided? Nutritional snacks and hot lunches available

Potty training required? Yes


Maumee Valley Country Day School

1715 S. Reynolds Rd.



Educational philosophy: They believe that young children are competent, intellectual beings, fully capable of understanding the world around them. Their curriculum is child-driven so that students can make deeper, more meaningful connections to their learning.

Tours and open houses available: Drop in tours Tuesdays at 1pm and Fridays at 9am. Open Houses held twice per year, November and January. Private tours daily, and appointments are available

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio? Preschool 5:1, Prekindergarten 6:1, Kindergarten 7:1

Hours of operation: 7:30am-6pm, M-F

Daily activities: Children experience the curriculum through indoor and outdoor explorations, as well as in music, art, physical education, and Spanish language.

Nap times: Full-day preschool children rest in the afternoon following lunch and Pre-kindergarten children rest in the afternoon following lunch and specials.

Meals and snacks provided: Parents can send a lunch to school or order a lunch from the cafeteria. Morning snack is sent from home and afternoon snack is provided by the school.

Potty training required? No


Penta Early Learning Center 

9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg

419- 661-6369


Educational philosophy: They believe children should be encouraged to express themselves through activities that center around their interests. Through hands-on investigations, children explore the world around them and form trusting, caring relationships that will prepare them for future success in the world.

Tours and open houses available: Call to schedule

Hours of operation: 9-11am Monday – Thursday 3-4 year olds, 12:30-2:30pm Monday – Thursday 4-5 year olds

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: AM Session 1:12, PM Session 1:14 (Both the AM and PM sessions have three to five student workers along with the lead teacher)

Daily activities: Emphasis on socialization, communication skills, lengthening attention spans, and following routines and schedules, English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Also Introduction to basic letter recognition, literacy skills, and beginning math and science concepts.

Nap times: No.

Meals and snacks provided? A healthy snack is provided

Potty training required? Yes


Emmanuel Christian School

4607 Laskey Rd. 



A non-branded, community service event hosted by Emmanuel Christian School will provide parents of 4- and 5-year-olds with information meant to determine if their child is ready and prepared to start school. From their experience, students who aren’t quite ready have a much harder time adjusting and excelling in the classroom, which can follow them throughout their school years. Taking time with a young child to make sure they feel confident when they start kindergarten is critically important to the student’s success in their first year and will create a foundational attitude toward school and learning as a result. 

6:30pm, Monday, March 2  


West Side Montessori 

Toledo Campus

13 Months – 8th Grade

7115 W. Bancroft St.



Perrysburg Campus

13 Months – Kindergarten

13587 Roachton Rd. 


Educational philosophy: Adheres to philosophy and methods developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, they believe that each child is unique and capable. The foundation to their success is the belief that nurturing the whole child includes challenging the intellect and community of the child, parent, and educator. 

Tours and open houses available:  Weekdays by appointment 

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: Preschool program 1:12, Toddler program 1:5 or 1:7

Hours of operation: 7am–6pm

Daily activities: Spanish, music, cultural explorations, grace and courtesy, independence, math, science and language work

Nap times: After lunch if chosen

Meals and snacks provided? Snacks are provided, students bring their own lunches

Potty training required? Encouraged after age three


La Petite Academy 

2935 East Rocket Dr.



Educational philosophy: At La Petite Academy in Toledo, their Journey™ Curriculum emphasizes language and literacy, cognitive development, social-emotional skills, physical activity and creativity. Children who attend the school engage in exciting learning activities specifically designed to meet their developmental needs, and to help them advance to the next level of learning, through Kindergarten and beyond.

Tours and open houses available: Parents can tour the school any time during hours of operation. Call 877-217-9530 to schedule a tour

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio:  Infants 1:5, Toddlers 1:7, Early preschool 1:8, Preschool 1:12, Pre-Kindergarten 1:14

Hours of operation: 7am-6pm

Daily activities: Focus on literacy, mathematics and science in child-directed activities. Also creativity and art centers, construction & design centers, dramatic play

Nap times: 12:45pm-2:45pm

Meals and snacks provided? Breakfast, lunch and snack provided

Potty training required? No


Maria Early Learning Center:

Sisters of Notre Dame

4651 Monroe St.



 Educational philosophy: The primary focus of MELC’s service is each child.  They nurture all domains of a child’s development, most importantly the child’s spiritual growth, in a developmentally appropriate environment.

Tours and open houses available: The director arranges tours 9-11am and after 3pm Monday through Thursdays, call for appointment

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio:  By class: PreK- 1:13, 3 years Preschool- 1:11, Toddler- 1:7, Infants 12-18 months- 1:4, Infants under 12 months- 1:4

Hours of operation: 6:30am-6pm, Monday-Friday

Daily activities: Children engage in free play, group activities, and enjoy gross motor and outside play daily. Creative music classes are offered twice each week.”

Nap times: Each afternoon, approximately 12:30-2:30pm

Meals and snacks provided?  Brainy breakfast is offered – the Chef offers something hot (e.g. cream of wheat, mini quiche) and they always have fruit and milk. Lunch and snacks are offered too.  

Potty training required? Recommended for children enrolling in the three-year-old class


Gateway School

4650 W. Bancroft St.



Educational philosophy: Early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploration, and discovery. The program is structured around a variety of experiences which suggest active participation from the child, and is designed to facilitate a young child’s education through a learning center approach.

Tours and open houses available: Call in advance to arrange a time and day to see the school in operation

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio:  1:8

Hours of operation: AM session: 8:30-11:30am, with early drop-off as early as 7:30am. PM session: 12:30 3:30pm, with late pick-up 4:30

Daily activities: Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies

Nap times: No

Meals and snacks provided? Provides a nutritious snack during each session (AM and PM).

Potty training required?  Licensed for students ages 2 ½ years through 6 years who are potty trained


Little Mouse Preschool

7041 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania



 Educational philosophy: Education, socialization & play-based learning

Tours and open houses available: Tours are by appointment and offered year-round. Two open houses are available in January and during the summer.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio:  Three-year-old room is 1:12; 4-5 year old room is 1:14 with a teaching aide to help in both classrooms.

Hours of operation: 7:30am-6pm

Daily activities: Preschool classes include art, reading, math, etc., guest teachers, music and library. Afternoon Preschool and enrichment classes are offered as well as a summer camp for six weeks during summer.

Nap times: Daily from 12:45pm-2pm

Meals and snacks provided? Snacks, milk and juice provided. Packed lunch from home required. 

Potty training required? Yes.


WSOS Child Development Center

Multiple locations in Lucas, Wood, Seneca, 

Sandusky and Ottawa counties

Head Start, 1-800-775-9767

Lucas County Centers, 419-729-8035


Educational philosophy: The goal of Head Start is to prepare children for kindergarten in a safe, nurturing, engaging, enjoyable and secure learning environment in order to help them gain the awareness, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in their present environment and deal with later responsibilities in school and in life.  

Tours and open houses available: Tours are available anytime during program operations. Open Houses are typically held once per year at the beginning of each school year.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio? 2:17

Hours of operation: 8:30am-4pm

Daily activities: Greeting, work time (includes language, literacy, math, science, social experiences, large and fine motor experiences), class meetings (including songs, book reading etc.) lunch, tooth brushing, outside/indoor gross motor and snack

Nap times: Children in part-day programs do not nap. Children enrolled in child care centers typically nap after lunch.

Meals and snacks provided? Yes

Potty training required? No


Kidz Watch


2 locations to serve you

3150 Bostwick, Perrysburg

6801 West Central, Toledo


Educational philosophy: We use the Creative Curriculum in our centers and believe that children learn through play and interaction with the world around them. We incorporate what children are most interested in into our programming. 

Tours and open houses are available: Tours are available anytime by appointment.  Call for an appointment or email.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio?   1:12

Hours of operation: 
Perrysburg:  6am to 10pm Mon to thurs. 6 am to midnight fri and sat.
Sylvania:  5:30am to 11 pm Sun to thurs.  5:30am to midnight fri and sat. 

Daily activities: Daily activities include stories, arts and crafts, gross motor, imaginary play.

Nap times: Nap time is from 12pm to 2pm daily.children enrolled in child care centers typically nap after lunch.

Meals and snacks provided? Breakfast and snacks are provided by Kidz Watch.  Parents pack or purchase other meals.

Potty training required? Potty training not required. We will work with your child!