Posted in: Kids Posted on: Feb 1st, 2016

Daycare and After School Programs in Warrensville Heights

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If you have children, you know that you also need to consider their needs when you choose a place to live. The kids can't just sit at home all day while you are at work. Depending on their age, they'll need someone to look after them in the daytime, after school, and throughout the summer. Families renting in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, have a variety of options for child care, both in town and in neighboring Cleveland.

Picking a Program for Your Child

Daycare and afterschool programs aren't exactly one-size-fits-all. A program that's great for one child might not be so ideal for another. When choosing a program, think about your child's interests and temperament. A child who needs a lot of individualized attention won't thrive in a program that has 20 kids and one teacher, for example. A child who's active won't necessarily enjoy a program with a lot of quiet time and naps. Since the safety of your child is important, take a look at reviews or ask for recommendations from other parents before you decide on a place. It's also a good idea to visit the daycare or program before enrolling in it, so you can see how the instructors interact with the children and if the kids enrolled seem to be having a good time.

Day Care

While there are few programs in Warrensville Heights itself, there are several daycare centers and programs in neighboring areas. One option is Childtime, in Beachwood, which works with infants through pre-K children. The center is divided into classrooms by age, and the curriculum of each class is specifically tailored to the developmental needs of that age group. Along with its standard programing, Childtime also offers enrichment classes to help your child get ahead before he or she starts kindergarten.

Another option in Beachwood is the daycare program at the Mandel Jewish Community Center. The center offers preschool programs for kids ages 2 and up. The program for 2-year-olds is a half day, in the morning, while other programs are full day.

After School Programs

The JCC also offers a variety of after school programs for kids in grades kindergarten through six. Programs range from yoga for kids to building with LEGOs. There is also a youth theater program, which puts on a few musicals every year and holds rehearsals after school.

If you aren't a member of the JCC, there are a variety of other after school programs in the area, including programs at schools. The STEAM Academy of Warrensville Heights, a local charter school, offers a number of after school extracurricular activities to keep kids busy and safe. Another area school, Educational Alternatives, also provides afterschool programming so that children have a supervised area to work on their homework, develop social skills, or establish a new hobby.

Summer Camps

The area YMCA hosts a number of camps and programs to keep your children busy when school's out for summer. The summer camp is a 10-week long day program for kids ages 5 through 12. Activities during camp range from swimming to going on field trips and from playing sports to making new friends.