Early Childhood Services | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Early Childhood Services

Strong families equal successful children and a strong community


We believe strong families equal successful children and a strong community. The Division of Early Childhood at the Lakewood Family Room is celebrating more than 20 years of offering a wide variety of support, education and community building programs and services for those residents raising or caring for our young children birth through age five.

The Family Room

The Family Room evolved from an identified need by the Lakewood Division of Early Childhood Services with a belief that if we strengthen and support parents, we ultimately strengthen our families and community. Through the vision of City government, City Schools, providers, neighborhood organizations, clergy and neighborhood residents, in 1994 a belief and a vision became a reality: The Lakewood Family Room.

The Lakewood Family Room is committed to building early childhood atmospheres where adults and children thrive, where environments foster friendship, curiosity, self-esteem and joy; where parents are welcomed and respected; where talents of all families are fully challenged and justly rewarded; where a positive difference results for the children and families that we serve. A wonderful place for a new resident raising a young family to meet other families and learn about Lakewood.

The Lakewood Family Room offers family resources and support programs that serve parents raising young children, their children and families in a wide variety of programs and environments. The Lakewood Family Room provides services for family’s raising children from birth to age eight, two parents and single parent, new parents to teen parents and grandparents who now care for their grandchildren, fathers and mothers who are staying at home or are working parents. All Lakewood families are invited to participate in our programs and events offered throughout the year. With resident interest and support, the Lakewood Family Room has become an integral part of our community.

  • Lakewood Family Room programs+-

    All Lakewood Family Room programs are for Lakewood residents only unless otherwise specified. You may arrive anytime during the scheduled program. Our schedule changes seasonally so please see the Downloads section for our most current programming.

    Lil’ Artist Drop-In: Come and explore art with Ms. Judy as she provides an opportunity for our children to be little artists connected to great writers and illustrators. Free play in rest of the room. For children birth to five and their caregivers. Coffee provided for adults and snacks for children.

    Baby & Toddler Drop-In: Raising a child can be filled with many different emotions and lots of questions. Join your fellow parents, grandparents, caregivers and an early childhood facilitator to make new friends, share your stories and gain information. Coffee provided for adults and snacks for children.

    Nursing Moms’ Chat: A unique partnership between the City of Lakewood and Lakewood Hospital. Each week a lactation specialist is on site to answer questions, encourage and support breastfeeding moms. Nursing pillows and a baby scale for weigh-ins are provided as well as space and toys for older siblings. Mothers from the greater Cleveland area are welcome. 

    Babies to Big Kids Drop-In: Newborns to preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to attend this free play drop-in. Join your fellow parents, grandparents, caregivers and an early childhood facilitator to make new friends, share your stories and gain information. Children can explore our sensory table, build in the construction zone, enjoy table activities, engage in dramatic play, curl up with a book and more. Coffee provided for adults and snacks for children.

    Learn Through Play: Caregivers and children from birth to pre-kindergarten can enjoy a relaxed, friendly environment and discover art, creative play, math, science, language and stories. Parents and caregivers help their children gain valuable school readiness skills by playing with them at structured learning centers around the room.

    East End Drop-In: This program provides an opportunity for parents and their children to meet other families in the neighborhood and for children to participate in creative play, art, math, language and stories. Coffee provided for adults and snacks for children. For families living on the east side of Lakewood.

  • Early Childhood Childcare Scholarship+-

    Are you a parent who is working or in school? Struggling with the cost of childcare, but don’t qualify to receive county assistance? Have you been a resident of Lakewood for at least one year?

    The City of Lakewood Childcare Scholarship Assistance program is designed to help qualified families with a percentage of the daily cost of childcare for Lakewood children, within Lakewood city limits. Scholarships are based on a sliding fee scale depending on household income. The family must choose a licensed childcare center OR Lakewood USDA Family Childcare Home provider in Lakewood for service. Eligibility and progress are reviewed annually.

    Applications are available online or by calling 216-529-5018. Return application along with local and federal tax returns, proof of current income and work/school schedule to the Division of Early Childhood at 12400 Madison Avenue, by fax to 216-521-1376 or by email to echildhood@lakewoodoh.net.

    Scholarship funds are provided by a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Lakewood and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

    To download a Early Childhood Scholarship Application, click here.

  • 2017 Family Room Fall Schedule+-

    For the complete 2017 Family Room Summer Schedule, click here: Early Childhood Fall Schedule

  • Lakewood Childcare Providers and Preschool Programs+-

    Take a look at the childcare providers and preschool programs in Lakewood. Check back; this list is updated regularly.

  • After-school care+-


    • Family Life (on site) 440-260-6024
    • Kids Advancing Academy (transport) 216-712-7985

    Grant/St. James

    • YMCA (on site) 216-521-8400
    • Brownstone (walk) 216-221-1470
    • Kids Advancing Academy (transport) 216-712-7985


    • Family Life (on site) 440-260-6024


    • YMCA (on site) 216-521-8400
    • Lakewood Child Care Center (transport) 216-228-5437
    • Kids Advancing Academy (transport) 216-712-7985

    Horace Mann

    • St. Peters (on site) 216-226-2840
    • Brownstone (walk) 216-221-1470
    • YMCA (transport) 216-521-8400

    Lincoln/St. Marks

    • Lakewood Community Care Center (on site) 216-749-7040
    • Kids Advancing Academy (transport) 216-712-7985
    • YMCA (transport) 216-521-8400


    • YMCA (on site) 216-521-8400
    • Kids Advancing Academy (transport) 216-712-7985
  • Lakewood Early Childhood Professionals+-

    Lakewood Early Childhood Professional Consortium represents the leadership of Lakewood child day care centers, private preschool programs, Head Start Programs, Lakewood City Schools, Public Prekindergarten and Special Education preschool programs, family childcare homes and the City of Lakewood, Department of Human Services, Division of Early Childhood.

    The Directors of these programs have been meeting monthly for over fifteen years. This professional organization is committed to quality Early Childhood educational experiences and family support practices.

    They continue to respond to the needs of children and family in a changing world, foremost considering the welfare of our children. They serve as advocates for not only educational issues, but also legislative agendas, which impact young children and their families.

    If you would like more information or are interested in joining the group, please contact echildhood@lakewoodoh.net or call 216-529-5018.

  • Contact us+-

    Division of Early Childhood

    12400 Madison Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    (216) 529-5018

    Fax: (216) 521-1376

  • Early Childhood Downloads+-

  • The Lakewood Foundation+-

    The Lakewood Foundation is a private, not for profit, community based organization. The Lakewood Foundation enhances the lives of Lakewood residents by serving as the fiscal agent for service groups and city departments. The trustees of the Lakewood Foundation supervise and support special projects they believe will further the well being of the Lakewood community. The Lakewood Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for the Lakewood Family Room. Monetary donations to the Lakewood Family Room can be made through the Foundation’s website or by check payable to the Lakewood Foundation.