Preschool & Child Care Guide

. March 1, 2018.

Children’s Discovery

Five regional locations

Children’s Discovery 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.

Maumee Valley
Country Day School

1715 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo

Maumee Valley’s Early Learning Center (ELC) offers dynamic education, a child-centered curriculum, and a small 8:1 student-teacher ratio to help children thrive in a creative environment. The ELC provides children a foundation to think critically, problem solve, learn independently, and develop sound work habits through music, art, spanish, and physical education lessons throughout the week. A variety of programs are available to best suit your child’s needs. Preschool students, beginning at 30 months old, can opt for three full days (from 8am-3pm, Monday-Wednesday), five half days (8-11:15am, Monday-Friday), or five full days (8am-3pm, Monday-Friday), with full days available for pre-kindergarten, junior kindergarten, and kindergarten students. Busy parents love The Hawks Lookout, and extended time care for ELC students, available 7:30-8am and from 3-6pm.

West Side Montessori

Toledo Campus:
7115 W. Bancroft
Perrysburg Campus:
13587 Roachton Rd.

West Side Montessori provides children with a play-based learning environment in which students can pursue their individual interests at their own pace. For children ages 13-40 months, the Little House is the best match, with flexible program options with a focus on individual education, practical life, grace and courtesy, sensorial experiences, mathematics, language and art. Preschool and kindergarten at the Children’s House (three to six years old) learn how to absorb knowledge, sort and categorize their experiences in the world, and develop the skills they need to continue learning through practical exercises, an introduction to math, science, language, and cultural concepts. Both programs are flexible, with full and half day options, as well as afternoon enrichment for half-day preschool and kindergarten students and extended day options for Little House half-day students. The Little House teacher to student ratio is 5:1 to 7:1, and the Children’s House is 12:1.

Maria Learning Center

4651 Monroe St, Toledo
419- 471-0170

If you’re looking for “a home away from home” for your child, Maria Early Learning Center may be the place for you. A sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Notre Dame, Maria Early Learning Center serves children ages six weeks to 5 years through a high-quality, faith-filled education that is offered in a fun, playful and loving manner. This center focuses on the whole child, offering programs that teach respect, honesty, empathy and much more. Maria Early Learning Center fosters community and spirit, serving the families that are enrolled here as well. The center recently added a STEM room to their learning environment, staying on top of the best practices to add value to the children who are students here. This year the center will continue to pursue accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Educare Academy

806 Starr Ave, Toledo
419- 704-2009

Educare Academy Child Development Centers operates 11 locations throughout Northwest Ohio. Each location has been awarded the highest “5-star Rating” available by the Ohio Department of Education for going above and beyond the state requirements to children currently served. Educare Academy offers free preschool and kindergarten readiness programs, with low child-to-staff ratios to maximize each child’s growth and learning experience. Serving ages six weeks through 12 years, Educare Academy Child Development Centers are dedicated to ensuring the health, safety, education and development of each individual child and their family. Educare Academy is currently enrolling – call today to reserve your spot!

Toledo Public Schools

Early Childhood Education is available
at 19 elementary schools.

Toledo Public Schools offers early childhood programming to children ages three through five, of all abilities, with options for families including full or half-day programming. As an integral component of Toledo Public Schools, our early childhood programs work closely with Kindergarten teachers to ensure that children are exposed to social settings, curriculum and instruction geared to prepare them for a successful career in Toledo Public Schools. In ALL Toledo Public Schools early childhood programs, you will find teachers with no less than a four year degree in early childhood education. Many of our teachers hold an Ohio teaching license, and our special education preschool teachers hold a Master’s degree in early childhood special education.