Childcare & preschool guide

Leaving your baby-whether your baby is 6 weeks old or
3 years old-with another caregiver can be incredibly tough (or a big relief!).
We compiled a list of some of the best local centers and schools that will
allow your child to learn independence and flourish in a school setting.


Is the school play-based or curriculum-based?
Does the school provide support for children with special needs?
Does the center have early drop off and/or late pick up for working parents?
Is the location and program a good fit for your child and family?
What is the adult to child ratio?

Children’s Discovery Center

Downtown: 338 North St. Clair St., 419.255.4890
Franklin Park: 3839 Talmadge Rd., 419.474.8303
Holland: 1640 Timberwolf Dr., 419.861.1060
Perrysburg: 11090 Avenue Rd., 419.874.8203
Perrysburg: 7033 Lighthouse Way, 419.872.4510
Waterville: 8011 Dutch Rd., 419.878.8689
Hours vary by location
Infant to school age
Children’s Discover Center emphasizes the importance of integrating science, technology, engineering, arts and math (S.T.E.A.M.) into an early childhood education program. CDC “teachers encourage children in science exploration to engage, explain and evaluate. Laying the foundation for these skills helps children become successful as they enter kindergarten and first grade.” Additionally, CDC follows the state of Ohio requirements for staff/child ratio, and the infant classroom has a ratio of 1:5 with a maximum group size of 12. Preschoolers are only slightly higher at 1:12 with a maximum group size of 24.

Little Sprouts Academy

4014 Elmhurst Rd.
419.754.1057 |
7am-6pm, Monday-Friday
Infant to preschool age
Little Sprouts Academy (LSA) is “more than a daycare.” LSA believes that a strong educational focus in conjunction with attentive childcare is important for all age groups. Each classroom, from infants to preschoolers, has a specially devised curriculum, and LSA offers a wide variety of classes, from Spanish and American Sign Language to yoga. The educationally diverse curriculum of LSA prepares students cognitively, socially, and emotionally for kindergarten. For those parents who would like to virtually visit their little ones, parents and caregivers can sign in to a secure web hosting site to view their child anytime via webcams.

Maumee Valley Country Day School

1715 S. Reynolds Rd.
419.381.1313 |
30 months-12th Grade
Preschool (starting at 30 months)– Three program options:
Tuesday-Thursday 8am-11:15am; Monday-Friday 8am-11:15am;
or Monday-Friday 8am-3pm
Prekindergarten: Monday-Friday 8am-3pm
Junior Kindergarten: Monday-Friday 8am-3pm
Kindergarten: Monday-Friday 8am-3pm
Maumee Valley’s Early Learning Center (ELC) allows the interests of the children to drive their dynamic educational program, and this child-centered curriculum “engages, nurtures, and supports young children in their pursuit of knowledge.” ELC offers mixed-age classrooms to allow students to be placed in the environment that best suits their individual needs, and as students learn by doing, ELC offers a plethora of hands-on experiences while “carefully documenting the progress of each child.” Additionally, preschoolers and kindergarteners will get a head start in their education with music, art, spanish, and physical education lessons throughout the week.

Sensational Kids Daycare & Learning Center

6060 Merger Dr.
419.724.5434 |
6:30am-6pm, Monday-Friday
Infant to preschool age
Sensational Kids (SK) “strives to make sure that every family feels welcome and that we are meeting the individual needs of our families” and treats each child as an individual with individual needs. SK maintains high staff ratios with 1 teacher/aid for every 5 children in a classroom. SK also has special education teachers as well as an intervention specialist for those children with special needs in order to make progress on IEP goals. Therapy programs are also available from their Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists, which means students can receive their weekly therapy within a structured school setting during work hours.

West Side Montessori

Toledo Campus: 7115 W. Bancroft | 419.866.1931
Perrysburg Campus: 13587 Roachton Rd. | 419.874.9385
13 months-8th grade
Half Day: 8:30-11:30am. Full Day: 8:30am-3:30pm. Extended: 11:30-3:30am.
Little House (13-40 months): Full or Half Day, with the following day combinations: Monday & Tuesday, Wednesday-Friday, Monday-Friday. Extended Day (11:30-3:30am) also available.
Children’s House (3 years old-Kindergarten): Full or Half Day, Monday-Friday. Afternoon Enrichment (11:30-3:30pm) also available.
Child Care for all ages is also available from 7-8:15am and 3:30-6pm at both campuses.

West Side Montessori provides children with a play-based learning environment in which students can pursue their individual interests at their own pace. In Little House, individual education focuses on Practical Life, Grace & Courtesy, Sensorial experiences, Mathematics, Language and Art. Cultural Experiences (Art, Music, Geography, Earth Science, History, Botany, and Zoology) and a foreign language (Spanish or French) are added to the Children’s House curriculum. The Little House teacher to student ratio is 5:1 to 7:1, and the Children’s House is 12:1.

Childcare Adventures Early

Learning Center
3544 Glendale Ave.
419.385.5880 |
Infant to 12 years
The newly remodeled Childcare Adventures Early Learning Center, formerly known as Heatherdowns Early Learning Center, offers challenging, academic-based programs
for children up to 12 years of age.
The school is also implementing live FaceTime opportunities so that parents can see and interact with children. The center believes that transparency in education helps unite families and educators.

Gateway School

4650 W. Bancroft
419.536.6503 |
2.5 years to 6 years
Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm
Gateway School encourages learning and independence through the use of learning centers, which are designed based on the interests of the children. Each school day includes time for small group, music, snack, outdoor play, large group and individualized activities.
Gateway stimulates creativity and curiosity, teaches self-control,
fosters social intelligence, and fosters gratitude.

St. Kateri Catholic Academy

3225 Pickle Road
419.693.0465 |
3 to 5 years
Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm
The preschool at St. Kateri Catholic Academy offers structured developmental opportunities to stimulate and encourage learning. The pre-k program is designed to help children develop mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially, with teachers encouraging independence and providing opportunities for both quiet and active play. Simple academic concepts are covered throughout the years, and large and small motor skills are fine-tuned on a daily basis.

Little Wonders Child Care Center

2534 Woodville Road, Nothwood
419.691.3783 |
Infant to 12 years
5:30a-10:30pm Monday- Friday
The goal at Little Wonders Child Care Center is to help your child grow as a person emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically. The center follows the Ohio Early Learning Content Standards. Little Wonders is a 4 Star-Rated program, meaning that along with state licensing, the center follows Ohio’s Step Up to Quality Guidelines.

Fairgreen Parent Co-Op Preschool

3220 W. Laskey Road
419.475.5367 |
3 to 5 years
9-11:30 and 12:15-2:45
Fairgreen Parent Co-Op
Preschool offers a curriculum
that is designed to meet the diverse needs of children through creative play experiences.
Patience, understanding, and the devotion of teachers is crucial to promoting the physical, social and intellectual development
of children.

Hand in Hand Early
Learning Center

412 Illinois Avenue, Maumee
419.893.0623 |
6 weeks-12 years
6:30am-6pm Monday-Friday
Hand in Hand Early Learning Center provides a safe and engaging environment where children’s thoughts and work are valued. Because every child is viewed as an individual, the center individualizes planning to meet the needs and interests of each child. Locally owned and operated, Hand in Hand Early Learning Center is certified by the Ohio Healthy Programs.

Concordia Lutheran Church

Preschool and Daycare
3636 South Detroit Avenue
419.382.0410 |
Toddler daycare 18-36 months
Preschool and daycare 3-5 years
7am-6pm Monday-Friday
Serving Toledo for more than 40 years, Concordia Lutheran Preschool and Daycare offers a Christ-centered environment for toddlers 18 to 36 months and for preschoolers ages three to five. A stimulating environment encourages children to grow spiritually, socially, cognitively and spiritually, setting a strong foundation for faith and learning.

Maria Early Learning Center

4651 Monroe Street
419.471.0170 |
Six weeks to 5 years
6:30a-6pm Monday-Friday
Sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame, Maria Early Learning Center offers care, love and education while recognizing the importance of supporting a child’s spiritual development. Children experience prayer and Christian values daily, along with opportunities to nurture their imagination, creativity and social skills. The State of Ohio has awarded Maria Early Learning Center the Five Star Rating for meeting quality standards over and above Ohio’s health and licensing standards.

Educare Academy

Toledo: 806 Starr Ave
10 locations to serve you.
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6am-6pm Monday- Friday
6 weeks – 12 years
6am-10pm Monday-Friday at Starr Ave location

Educare Academy Child Development centers know what it takes to offer high quality early education programs for children ages six weeks to 12 years. Teachers encourage and engage children in purposeful and meaningful activities and experiences. Educare Academy has ten locations throughout the area and all have earned a Five Star Step Up to Quality rating. They also offer extended hours and transportation to meet the needs of busy families.