615 W. Superior Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Inside the Frank J. Lausche State Office Building
Hours of Operation
Monday thru Friday
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
If you have ay questions regarding enrollment and/or fees please feel free to Contact Jean Smith,
Executive Director at
Classroom Names & Ages
Birth (6 Weeks) - 12 months
12 Months - 2 Years Old
2 Years Old - 3 Years Old
3 Years Old - 4 Years Old
4 Years Old - 5 Years Old (or Kindergarten eligible)
Children First of Cleveland provides a nutrition program for all children enrolled.
All meals meet the necessary criteria of food components according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Proper hand washing for children and adults is observed before meals.
We do not serve the following foods to children under 2 1/2: whole seeded grapes, hot dogs, and raw carrots.
We also do cater to children with food allergies and special diets.
*WE ARE A PEANUT & PORK FREE CENTER*
Our main objective is to provide a positive and nurturing atmosphere that promotes the physical, intellectual, emotion and social needs of the children entrusted in our care.
Classrooms are structured as follows:
Happy Tunes 6 weeks– 1 year
Little Ducklings 1-2 years
Kats Korner 2-3 years
Dinosaurs 3-4 years
Bear Country 4-5 years
Each age group is staffed by a team of teachers assigned on a permanent basis, therefore providing continuity of care.
Child to Staff ratios are as follows:
State Minimum /Actual
Happy Tunes 1-5/1-4
Little Ducklings 1-6/1-4
Kats Korner 1-7/1-5
Dinosaurs 1-12/ 1-6
Bear Country 1-14 /1-8
Staff are trained in C.P.R., First Aid, Child Abuse, Communicable Disease and in the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services child care licensing laws as well as on-going continuing education courses. All staff are required to undergo criminal background checks.
Children First of Cleveland operates on a sliding scale for tuition based on family annual income.
We accept county vouchers.
Siblings get a 10% discount
Children First of Cleveland is located in downtown Cleveland, in the Lausche State Office building, on the corner block of Superior and West Huron and Superior and West Sixth. The center has convenient and secure drop off/pick up parking directly on Superior Avenue for easy access for our families.
Our children have the opportunity for fun and exciting activities such as various holiday parties, Muffins with Moms, Donuts with Dads, Parent Socials, trick-or-treating in the state office building and splash days. Our preschools participate in safe and educational field trips to a number of diverse regional attractions such as the Natural History Museum, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Tall Ships Festival, Great Lakes Science Center, The Children's Museum, Terminal Tower and Severance Hall. Every year in May our Bear County staff members organize a graduation ceremony for our pre-kindergarten children.
On-site we offer a large state of the art outdoor play area, in addition to an indoor activity room for large muscle play. Our classroom ratios fall below the maximum capacity guidelines established by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. The center has five separate classrooms ranging from age six weeks to five years of age. The center allows for developmentally appropriate activities and play opportunities for each age level based on "The Creative Curriculum" . Child guidance is based on Dr. Becky Bailey's Conscious Discipline. Her program is a comprehensive self-regulation program that intergrates social-emotional learning and discipline. It is the only program that intergrates classroom management with social-emotional learning, utilizes everyday events as the curriculum and addresses the adult's emotional intellegence as well as the child's.Conscious Discipline empowers adults to consciously respond to daily conflict, tranforming it into an opportunity to teach critical life skills to children. Conscious Discipline is evidence-based, and was named as a national model for character education by the Florida State Legistlature.
Children First of Cleveland was dedicated on December 6, 1990 by former Governor Dick Celeste, and has been in continuous operation since that time serving children age six weeks to 5 years. The center was originally conceived to meet the needs of State employees, however has grown to accommodate the needs of families living and working in the downtown area.
Children First of Cleveland is a non-profit early childhood education center located in the Frank J. Lausche State Office Building at 615 W. Superior Ave. The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed on a daily basis by an Executive Director.
The center is licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services and is in partnership in placing student interns from Max Hayes C.D.A. program as well as Vocational Guidance Services, Bureau of Workers Employment Services and students from Cuyahoga Community College and CSU. Children First of Cleveland is also inspected by the Department of Education and Cleveland Health Department