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.

  • 2016 Family Room Winter Schedule+-

    2016 Winter Schedule

    WELCOMING ALL LAKEWOOD PARENTS, CAREGIVERS AND CHILDREN!

    Lakewood Family Room Main (located in the United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Avenue)

    Mondays, 9:30 – 11:00 am: Lil Artists Drop-In: Judy Foote, retired Director of Calvary Community School provides an opportunity for our children to be lil’ artists connected to great writers and illustrators. Coffee provided for adults and snacks for children. FOR LAKEWOOD FAMILIES.

    Toddler Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 am: 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. FOR LAKEWOOD FAMILIES WITH AT LEAST ONE CHILD UNDER THREE.

    Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 am: Nursing Moms Chat: A unique partnership between the City of Lakewood and Lakewood Hospital. Each week a lactation specialist is on site to encourage and support breast feeding moms. 

    Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:00 am: Drop-In: Make new friends, share your stories, have fun PLAYING and gather new ideas and information. Coffee provided for adults and snacks for children. FOR LAKEWOOD FAMILIES.

    Fridays, 9:30 – 11:00 am: Literacy through Play: Caregivers and children from birth to age 5 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. FOR LAKEWOOD FAMILIES.

    Lakewood Family Room East (located in Fedor Manor, 12400 Madison Avenue)

    Wednesdays, 9:00 – 12:00 pm: 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 LAKEWOOD FAMILIES WHO LIVE EAST OF BUNTS.

  • Lakewood Childcare Providers and Preschool Programs+-

    LAKEWOOD CHILDCARE

    Please check with each school for updated information.

    BROWNSTONE DAY SCHOOL (3 Stars)

    216-221-1470

    18225 Sloane Ave.

    DIRECTOR: MAGGIE RAFFERTY

    Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    Ages Accepted: 8 weeks through Kindergarten

    FAMILY LIFE CHILD CARE CENTER OF LAKEWOOD (3 Stars)

    440-260-6001

    13523 Detroit Avenue

    COORDINATOR: BECKY VOLLE

    Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Ages Accepted: 6 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten

    HOLY FAMILY LEARNING CENTER

    216-521-4352

    14808 Lake Avenue

    DIRECTOR: SISTER KATHLEEN, O.S.U.

    Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Ages Accepted: Infants to PreK

    KIDS ADVANCING ACADEMY (1 Star)

    216-712-7985

    2150 Warren Road

    DIRECTOR: JEN MCCAFFERTY

    Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Ages Accepted: 6 weeks – PreK

    LAKEWOOD COMMUNITY CARE CENTER (1 Star)

    216-226-0080

    2019 Woodward

    DIRECTOR: PAM MEADE

    Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Ages Accepted: 6 weeks to 6 years

    LAKEWOOD CHILD CARE CENTER (5 Stars)

    216-228-5437

    1450 Belle Avenue

    DIRECTOR: HOLLE BRAMBRICK

    EDUCATIONAL COORDINATOR: JUDY SALMON

    Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Ages Accepted: 6 weeks – 5 years (to age 9 summers only)

    LAKEWOOD YMCA (3 Stars)

    216-521-8400

    15659 Rosewood

    DIRECTOR: RAKEEN PATTERSON

    Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    PETER’S CHILD CARE CENTER, INC. (3 Stars)

    216-226-2840

    18001 Detroit Avenue

    DIRECTOR: DENISE PHILLIPS MINOR

    ASST DIRECTOR & SACC ADMIN: COURTNEY POLINSKI

    Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    LAKEWOOD PRESCHOOLS

    Please check with each school for updated information.

    CALVARY COMMUNITY SCHOOL

    216-221-4324

    16305 Hilliard Avenue

    DIRECTOR: ALLISON KIRKWOOD

    Hours: Check with school

    Ages Accepted: Infant care & preschool (3-5)

    GRACE PRESCHOOL (1 Star)

    216-529-1081

    13030 Madison Avenue

    DIRECTOR: BONNIE SEARS

    Hours: Mornings and Afternoons

    Ages Accepted: 3-5 years

    HAYNES NURSERY SCHOOL

    216-221-9557

    1375 West Clifton Boulevard

    DIRECTOR: ALISON YONKERS

    Hours: Mornings

    Ages Accepted: 3-5 years

    LAKEWOOD CATHOLIC ACADEMY

    216-521-0559

    14808 Lake Avenue

    Hours: Mornings, Afternoons & Full Day options

    Ages Accepted: 3-5 years

    LAKEWOOD CITY SCHOOLS (5 Stars)

    216-529-4214

    1428 Warren Rd.

    Hours: Mornings and Afternoons at Emerson, Harrison, Hayes and Horace Mann

    LAKEWOOD PRESBYTERIAN

    216-226-0514

    14502 Detroit Avenue

    DIRECTOR: JOAN BOSKEN

    Hours: Mornings and Afternoons

    Ages Accepted: 3-5 years 

    PARKVIEW PLAYSCHOOL

    216-228-0996

    16511 Hilliard Road

    Hours: Mornings and Afternoons

    Ages Accepted: 3-5 years 

    FAITH HEAD START (5 Stars)

    216-228-8918

    12601 Detroit Avenue

    Hours: Tues – Fri mornings and afternoons

    Ages Accepted: 3-5 years

  • After-school care+-

    Emerson

    • 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

    Harrison

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

    Hayes

    • 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

    Roosevelt/Franklin

    • 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

  • 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.