Local Resources

Local Resources 2017-04-20T11:25:33+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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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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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
  • 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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Click to visit the website

Veggie U Classroom Gardens

Contact Person: Lynne Eirons
Email: LynneE@VeggieU.org
Phone: 440-774-8344 x16

Intended Audience:

  • Early Care and Education Providers-
  • Children and Families

Resource Category:

  • Healthy Foods
  • Support for ECE Providers

Brief Description:

Veggie U is an educational program designed to teach children about where their food comes from and how to make healthy choices. Taught over a few months, Veggie U lessons allow the students to fully experience planting, growing, harvesting and tasting the results. The indoor garden allows Veggie U to be used at any time throughout the year. The cost is $450 the first year and $225 for refills in later years.

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Healthy Activity Resources

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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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Click to visit the website

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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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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Click to visit the website

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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Healthy Families Resources

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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.

Click to visit the website
Click to visit the website

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

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.

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

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
Click to visit the website

Special Needs Child Care

Funded by Starting Point

Contact Person: Debbie Busdiecker, R. N.

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

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.

Click to visit the website
Click to visit the website

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.

Click to visit the website
Click to visit the website

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)
Click to visit the website

Support for Early Care and Education Providers Resources

Click to visit the website

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.

Click to visit the website
Click to visit the website

Ohio Healthy Programs Training and Technical Assistance

Funded by Mt. Sinai Healthcare Foundation/ OCCRRA

Contact Person: Camille Verbofsky
Email: cverbofsky@ccbh.net
Phone: 216-201-2001 ext. 1514

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.

Click to visit the website
Click to visit the website

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