Local Resources

Local Resources2019-02-21T15:12:39+00:00

Scroll through our list of local resources to get connected to programs and organizations in your community!  Looking for information on a specific issue?  Click the links below:

Healthy Eating

Healthy Activity

Social Emotional Health

Healthy Families

Health Care

Support for ECE Providers

Do you have a resource or program that could be valuable to the young children and their families, providers, or early childhood organizations?  Click here to be included on our page!

Healthy Eating Resources

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Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention (BCOP)

Contact Person: Darcy Freedman
Email: daf96@case.edu
Phone:216-368-3060

Intended audience:

  • Early Care and Education Providers: family child care
  • Early Care and Education Providers: centers
  • Children and Families
  • Community Professionals
  • General Community

Brief description:

BCOP created the PSEREADI assessment, website and resource library to support community nutrition practitioners. Plan and implement policy, system and environmental PSE interventions in four topic areas, including, healthy eating in childcare. Users are able to access the resource library and our PSE in action intervention videos or create an account to take the PSEREADI assessment. The assessment allows providers to assess their level of readiness for PSE work and give a tailored report with three recommendations on where to begin their action plans.

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Kulture Kids' A Pleasant Garden at Andrew J Rickoff School

Contact Person: Tracy Bellum
Email: tracy.bellum@clevelandmetroschools.org
Phone:216-302-4829

Intended audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family childcare, centers
  • Children and Families
  • Community Professionals
  • Business Community
  • General Community

Brief description:

This project is a partnership between Kulture  Kids, a Cleveland-based arts-education nonprofit led by Founding Director, Robin Pease, and the students and staff at Andrew J. Rickoff Elementary.

Kulture Kids and Andrew J Rickoff School have worked together for the last eight years to create original, arts-integrated, in-school residences based around STEM concepts. In 2016-2017, the students and staff worked with Kulture Kids to begin a community/school garden. The garden has been a huge success, producing more than 500lbs of fresh food for the surrounding community each year. Produce is provided to community members on a first served basis. To request FREE or reduced cost produce, please contact Garden Manager, Tracy Bellum.

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Children's Hunger Alliance

Contact Person: Afonda Jackson
Email: centers@childrenshungeralliance.org
Phone: 614-643-8035

Intended audience:

  • Early care and education providers: centers

Brief description:

Children’s Hunger Alliance sponsors licensed Child Care Centers through the USDA Child And Adult Care Food Program to receive a monthly reimbursement that helps ensure children without access receive healthy food, nutrition education and physical activity.

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Perfectly Imperfect Produce


Contact Person: Ashley Weingart
Email: ashleycweingart@gmail.com
Phone: 440-409-5520

Intended audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Health care professionals
  • Children and families
  • Community professionals
  • Businesses
  • General community

Brief description:

Perfectly Imperfect Produce offers fresh fruits and vegetables at a reduced cost. Boxes are delivered once weekly to your home or site.

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Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance Breastfeeding Database

Email: info@ohiobreastfeedingalliance.org
Intended Audience:

  • Early Care and Education Providers-
  • Children and Families
  • Health care professionals

Resource Category:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Healthy Families

Brief Description:

Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance is a collection of regional leaders that  supports a mother’s choice to breastfeed their child through resources, education, and breastfeeding friendly polices.  The Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance Database allows families and providers to search for breastfeeding resources by zip code.

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Healthy Activity Resources

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Aamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center
Experienced, Dedicated Experts

The staff of Aamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center promotes the 5-2-1-0 guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics' 5- eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day 2- limit TV/video games/ computers to LESS THAN 2 hours a day! 1- move your body 1 hour EACH DAY! 0- drink water! NO sugary drinks. No regular pop!

The Center is open Monday- Friday. NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED
Email: wellkids@metrohealth.org
Phone: 216-778-5224

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Community professionals
  • General community

Brief Description:

Our pediatricians, dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered nurse care coordinators, pediatric behavioral health specialists and fitness instructors are passionate about helping children and adolescents learn how to make healthier choices. And we can help kids who might need a little extra support.

The Aamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center is part of the Pediatric Weight Management and Wellness Program. This clinical, by-appointment program helps children achieve a healthy weight by screening for obesity-related medical problems, including:

  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Diabetes and pre-diabetes
  • Asthma and sleep apnea
  • Fatty liver disease and other gastrointestinal diseases
  • Behavior and mental health problems

Whether or not your child has a weight concern, participation in the programs offered at the Pediatric Wellness Center—along with the evaluation and coaching our multidisciplinary team can provide—can help teach your family how to reduce the risk of chronic illness later in life.

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Parma Preschool Step Up Approved Gardening Training for ECE


Contact Person: Jackie Saggio
Email: JSaggio37@gmail.com
Phone: 216-741-9094

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Community professionals
  • General community

Brief Description:

Parma Preschool provides part-time programming for 3-5 year olds. We advocate play, active childhood, outdoor /nature education, parenting resources, and professional development training for ECE staff that are SUTQ approved.

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Family Connections of Northeast Ohio

Contact Person: Karen Gillooly, Director of Programs
Email: kgillooly@familyconnections1.org
Phone: 216-321-0079

Intended Audience:

  • Children and families

Brief Description:

For Families with children ages birth to age 6, we have 5 playrooms where families and children play together for parenting support, early literacy and school readiness. Three playrooms are in libraries and two are in our centers. We have a home visiting program called SPARK for 3 and 4 year olds getting ready for kindergarten. All but one of our programs are free, the center playrooms have a small participation fee. For more information and a schedule of playroom times and locations, please visit our website or call 216-321-0079.

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Social Emotional Health Resources

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Stonebrook Montessori

Email: mduckworth@stonebrookmontessori.org
Phone: 216-644-3012

Intended audience:

  • Children and families
  • General community

Brief description:

Stonebrook Montessori is the first public charter school in Ohio that provides free, high quality. Montessori education to children beginning at age 3. The Stonebrook mission is to serve the individual needs of Cleveland’s urban from birth through age 15, in Montessori environments that meets the highest standards, and through regular interactions with nature, the neighborhood and each other. Th school currently serves children in 8 multi-age classrooms-4 Primary(pre-K to Kindergarten) classrooms, 3 Lower Elementary (1st-3rd grades) Classrooms, and Upper Elementary (4th-5th grades) Classrooms.

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Help Me Grow of Cuyahoga County

Email: info@helpmegrow.org
Phone: 216-698-7500

Intended audience:

  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Health care professionals
  • Children and families, birth to age 3
  • Community professionals
  • General community

Brief description:

Help Me Grow provides family support, developmental screenings, and age-appropriate activities to prepare children for preschool. We also provide specialized services for families who have concerns about their child’s development. We meet with pregnant women and families with young children in their home or in the community. Research shows that 80% of the brain is developed by the time a child is 3 years old, and our goal is to support parents as their child’s first and most important teacher so that the child enters preschool ready to succeed.

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Providence House, Inc.


Email: info@provhouse.org
Phone: 216-651-5982

Intended audience:

  • Children and families
  • General community

Brief description:

Providence House provides emergency shelter for children (birth to age 10) when parents are facing situations that make them unable to safely care for their children while they address their family’s needs.  We provide safe, nurturing, short-term care for children while working with parents to engage support services focused on wellness, safety and stability for the long-term well-being of their family.

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Family Connections of Northeast Ohio

Contact Person: Karen Gillooly, Director of Programs
Email: kgillooly@familyconnections1.org
Phone: 216-321-0079

Intended Audience:

  • Children and families

Brief Description:

For Families with children ages birth to age 6, we have 5 playrooms where families and children play together for parenting support, early literacy and school readiness. Three playrooms are in libraries and two are in our centers. We have a home visiting program called SPARK for 3 and 4 year olds getting ready for kindergarten. All but one of our programs are free, the center playrooms have a small participation fee. For more information and a schedule of playroom times and locations, please visit our website or call 216-321-0079.

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Healthy Families Resources

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Catholic Charities Early Learning Programs

Contact Person: Carrie Vollentine

Email: cvollentine@ccdocle.org
Phone: 216-334-2979

Intended Audience:

  • Early Care and Education Providers: Family Child Care
  • Early Care and Education Providers: Centers
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Children and Families
  • Community Professionals

Brief Description:

Our eight Early Learning Centers offer:

  • Head Start and Early Head Start Program for children six weeks to five years of age
  • Highly Qualified Teachers
  • Low teacher to child ratios
  • Evidence based curriculum to prepare each child for kindergarten and future successes
  • Full day programs to meet the diverse needs of families
  • Family support services that respond to the needs of the children and families
  • Service for children with disabilities
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Beechbrook- STEPS program

STEPS (Security, Touch, Eye's, Play and Sound)

Contact Person: Christal Martin, Shanay Hawkins

Email: shanay.hawkins@beeckbrook.org, christal.martin@beechbrook.org
Phone: 216-391-4069

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Health care professionals
  • Community professionals
  • Children and families

Brief Description:

STEP (security, touch, eye’s, play, sound) is an early brain development program for parents/caregivers with children ages 0-5. Our goal is to improve family engagement and increase learning in the homes. STEPS help to strengthen bonds to form stable foundations for the development of social, emotional, cognitive and language skills. This program focus on early stimulation of the brain to prepare the children for kindergarten.

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Noddle Soup

Contact Person: Jodi Yuhas

Email: vdavis3@city.cleveland.oh.us
Phone: 216-881-0083

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Health care professionals
  • Community professionals

Brief Description:

Noodle Soup sells material to support agencies’ family education and engagement. We publish pamphlets, fliers and children’s books to help families learn about healthy families learn about healthy habits and routines.  Topics include breastfeeding, childhood nutrition, physical activity, early literacy, school readiness, and social and emotional health. we sell child health and wellness items that can help families with basic hygiene. We also provide imprinted promotional items can help public health and ECE agencies promote their programs.

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Cleveland Department of Public Health Moms First Program

Contact Person: Victoria Davis

Email: vdavis3@city.cleveland.oh.us
Phone: 216-664-4369

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Health care professionals
  • Community professionals

Brief Description:

Moms First provides support and services to expectant mothers living in the City of Cleveland.

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Cuyahoga County Board of Health Immunization Clinic

Contact Person: Andrew Heffron

Email: aheffron@ccbh.net
Phone: 216-201-2041

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Health care professionals
  • General community

Brief Description:

The CCBH Immunization Clinic provides services throughout the lifespan.  We help the people of Northeast Ohio Get to Where They Are Going by providing vaccines to prevent disease, death, and disability.  CCBH has programs to help the uninsured as well as those with insurance coverage.  Services include Flu vaccine, childhood vaccines, occupational vaccines, and travel vaccines.

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Help Me Grow of Cuyahoga County


Email: info@helpmegrow.org
Phone: 216-698-7500

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families, birth to age 3
  • Community professionals
  • General community

Brief Description:

Help Me Grow provides family support, developmental screenings, and age-appropriate activities to prepare children for preschool. We also provide specialized services for families who have concerns about their child’s development. We meet with pregnant women and families with young children in their home or in the community. Research shows that 80% of the brain is developed by the time a child is 3 years old, and our goal is to support parents as their child’s first and most important teacher so that the child enters preschool ready to succeed.

Click to visit the website
Click to visit the website

Perfectly Imperfect Produce

Contact Person: Ashley Weingart

Email: ashleycweingart@gmail.com
Phone: 440-409-5520

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Health care professionals
  • Community professionals
  • Businesses
  • General community

Brief Description:

Perfectly Imperfect Produce offers fresh fruits and vegetables at a reduced cost. Boxes are delivered once weekly to your home or site.

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PRE4CLE

Funded by Starting Point / ESC of Cuyahoga County

Contact Person: Michelle Connavino
Email: info@pre4cle.org
Phone: For parents seeking preschool: 216-575-2001
For questions about PRE4CLE: 216-901-4214

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Community professionals
  • Business community
  • General community

Brief Description:

PRE4CLE is the plan to ensure all 3 and 4 year old children in Cleveland have access to high-quality preschool. PRE4CLE increases the number of high-quality preschools, helps providers improve their quality, and connects parents to quality programs.

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Providence House, Inc.

Email: info@provhouse.org
Phone: 216-664-4369

Intended Audience:

  • Children and families
  • General community

Brief Description:

Providence House provides emergency shelter for children (birth to age 10) when parents are facing situations that make them unable to safely care for their children while they address their family’s needs.  We provide safe, nurturing, short-term care for children while working with parents to engage support services focused on wellness, safety and stability for the long-term well-being of their family.

Click to visit the website
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Special Needs Child Care

Funded by Starting Point

Contact Person: Debbie Busdiecker, R. N.

Email: dbusdiecker@ccbh.net
Phone: 216-698-7500

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Health care professionals

Brief Description:

  • Free child specific ODJFS care plan development for children with any type of health condition (after RN meets with parent for consent and child’s medical history)
  • Free child specific trainings for child care providers or family members caring for children with any type of health condition
  • Free medical equipment loans (nebulizers, mask & tubing, spacers)
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Health Care Resources

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Cleveland Clinic Children's School Based Healthcare

Contact Person: Loree Rudd
Email: SBHCteam@ccf.org
Phone: 216-444-KIDS

Intended audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families

Brief description:

Cleveland Clinic Children’s School-Based Health Center is a mobile, full-service pediatric office staffed with our healthcare professionals. This mobile unit will visit your child’s school to provide care regularly throughout the school year as a partnership between your school district and Cleveland Clinic Children’s.  Cleveland Clinic Children’s mobile health center provides voluntary, comprehensive healthcare services to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Cleveland Clinic Children’s School-Based Health Center can work with your existing healthcare provider in caring for your child. If your child has no primary health care provider, the School-Based Health Center staff may become that provider. If your child needs care when school is closed, you may decide to go to area Cleveland Clinic Children’s locations.

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Cleveland Department of Public Health Moms First Program


Contact Person: Victoria Davis
Email: vdavis3@city.cleveland.oh.us
Phone: 216-664-4369

Intended audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Health care professionals
  • Community professionals

Brief description:

Moms First provides support and services to expectant mothers living in the City of Cleveland.

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Cuyahoga County Board of Health Immunization Clinic

Contact Person: Andrew Heffron
Email: aheffron@ccbh.net
Phone: 216-201-2041

Intended audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Health care professionals
  • General community

Brief description:

The CCBH Immunization Clinic provides services throughout the lifespan.  We help the people of Northeast Ohio Get to Where They Are Going by providing vaccines to prevent disease, death, and disability.  CCBH has programs to help the uninsured as well as those with insurance coverage.  Services include Flu vaccine, childhood vaccines, occupational vaccines, and travel vaccines.

Click to visit the website
Click to visit the website

Special Needs Child Care

Funded by Starting Point

Contact Person: Debbie Busdiecker, R.N.
Email: dbusdiecker@ccbh.net
Phone: 216-201-2001

Intended audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Health care professionals

Brief description:

  • Free child specific ODJFS care plan development for children with any type of health condition (after RN meets with parent for consent and child’s medical history)
  • Free child specific trainings for child care providers or family members caring for children with any type of health condition
  • Free medical equipment loans (nebulizers, mask & tubing, spacers)
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Support for Early Care and Education Providers Resources

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Preschool Assessment Clinic - CMSD

Contact Person: Marianna Wolf
Email: marianna.wolf.clevelandmetroschools.org
Phone: 216-838-1966

Intended Audience:

  • Early Care and Education Providers: family child care
  • Early Care and Education Providers: centers
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Children and Families
  • Community Professionals
  • Business Community
  • General Community

Brief Description:

Preschool assessment clinic for Cleveland Metropolitan School District working with Bright Beginnings to give mentoring to preschoolers in Cuyahoga county and other surrounding counties.

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Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood

Your child has a promising future. Get enrolled in a program today. For more information, call Tatiana Wells, Promise Neighborhood Early Learning Navigator.

Contact Person: Tatiana Wells
Email: tatiana.wells@starting-point.org
Phone: 216-575-0061

Intended Audience:

  • Early Care and Education Providers: family child care
  • Early Care and Education Providers: centers
  • Children and Families

Brief Description:

Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood (CCPN) convenes partners to ensure the families and children of Central have access to quality education and healthcare.

You have promise……because you have high-quality early learning programs in Central Neighborhood. Early childhood education can change lives. By attending an early learning program, a child is better prepared for kindergarten and more likely to do well in school. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is the lead partner of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. SOCFCLEVELAND.ORG

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Children's Hunger Alliance

Contact Person: Afonda Jackson
Email: centers@childrenshungeralliance.org
Phone: 614-643-8035

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: centers

Brief Description:

Children’s Hunger Alliance sponsors licensed Child Care Centers through the USDA Child And Adult Care Food Program to receive a monthly reimbursement that helps ensure children without access receive healthy food, nutrition education and physical activity.

Click to visit the website
Click to visit the website

Cleveland Clinic Children's School Based Healthcare

Contact Person: Loree Rudd
Email: SBHCteam@ccf.org
Phone: 216-444-KIDS

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families

Brief Description:

Cleveland Clinic Children’s School-Based Health Center is a mobile, full-service pediatric office staffed with our healthcare professionals. This mobile unit will visit your child’s school to provide care regularly throughout the school year as a partnership between your school district and Cleveland Clinic Children’s.  Cleveland Clinic Children’s mobile health center provides voluntary, comprehensive healthcare services to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.  Cleveland Clinic Children’s School-Based Health Center can work with your existing healthcare provider in caring for your child. If your child has no primary health care provider, the School-Based Health Center staff may become that provider. If your child needs care when school is closed, you may decide to go to area Cleveland Clinic Children’s locations.

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Ohio Healthy Programs Training and Technical Assistance

Funded by Mt. Sinai Healthcare Foundation, Ohio Department of Health and the Nemours Foundation

Contact Person: Theresa Henderson
Email: thenderson@ccbh.net
Phone: 216-201-2001 ext. 1552

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers

Brief Description:

Up to 15 hours of free, Step-Up Approved training for early care and education providers on implementing healthy habits, menus, and policies in your facility.  Following the training, free technical assistance is available for Ohio Healthy Programs application.  Early care and education providers in Cuyahoga County are eligible for $500 worth of incentives for becoming designated Ohio Healthy Programs.

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Parma Preschool Step Up Approved Trainings for ECE Providers

Contact Person: Jackie Saggio
Email: JSaggio37@gmail.com
Phone: 216-741-9094

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Community professionals
  • General community

Brief Description:

Parma Preschool provides part-time programming for 3-5 year olds. We advocate play, active childhood, outdoor /nature education, parenting resources, and professional development trainings for ECE staff that are SUTO approved.

Click to visit the website
Click to visit the website

PRE4CLE

Funded by Starting Point / ESC of Cuyahoga County

Contact Person: Michelle Connavino
Email: info@pre4cle.org
Phone: For parents seeking preschool: 216-575-2001
For questions about PRE4CLE: 216-901-4214

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Community professionals
  • Business community
  • General community

Brief Description:

PRE4CLE is the plan to ensure all 3 and 4 year old children in Cleveland have access to high-quality preschool. PRE4CLE increases the number of high-quality preschools, helps providers improve their quality, and connects parents to quality programs.

Click to visit the website
Click to visit the website

Special Needs Child Care

Funded by Starting Point

Contact Person: Debbie Busdiecker, R.N.
Email: dbusdiecker@ccbh.net
Phone: 216-201-2001 x 1340

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Health care professionals

Brief Description:

  • Free child specific ODJFS care plan development for children with any type of health condition (after RN meets with parent for consent and child’s medical history)
  • Free child specific trainings for child care providers or family members caring for children with any type of health condition
  • Free medical equipment loans (nebulizers, mask & tubing, spacers)
Click to visit the website
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RaisingHealthyKidz.org

Funded by Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

Contact Person: Amy R. Sheon
Email: amy.sheon@case.edu
Phone: 216-368-0915

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Children and families
  • Health care professionals

Brief Description:

This searchable database contains resources for healthy eating, physical activity and healthy growth that have been vetted by Registered Dieticians from the Department of Nutrition at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Resource contains recipes, policies, videos, curriculum, lesson plans and more.

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Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank

Books change lives.

Contact Person: Judy Payne
Email:  jpayne@kidsbookbank.org
Phone: 216-417-1803

Intended Audience:

  • Early care and education providers: family child care
  • Early care and education providers: centers
  • Health care professionals
  • Community professionals

Brief Description:

We give new and gently used books to organizations that serve low-income children and families. Organizations can request books via our website at anytime.

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