Preschool & Child Care Guide

. March 1, 2018.
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Finding the perfect preschool or child care for your little one doesn’t have to be a daunting task. There are lots of options in the area that offer a wide range of curriculums, programs and business hours, making it easy for you to find the best fit for your family. We’ve rounded up some top local ones to help make your search easier.

Children’s Mentoring Connection

305 E Lincoln St, Findlay 
419-424-9752 | hancockmentors.org | FB

Educational philosophy: Hancock County’s Children’s Mentoring Connection (CMC) matches a boy or girl (6-14 years old), primarily from single parent households, with a stable adult mentor who will provide consistent and dependable guidance, understanding, acceptance, fun and support. The agency staff recruits, screens and closely evaluates adult applicants while gathering a complete history and personality profile on each youth applicant. Once a match between adult and child is made, follow-up supervision and guidance is provided. The volunteer works with the child in an asset building relationship in the areas of growth and development, prevention, life skills, problem solving and decision making.

Volunteer opportunities are available in the community and in local schools. Call CMC or check out the CMC website to find out how to enroll or become a mentor today.

Marilyn’s Lifelong Educational Child Care Center

15100 Birchhaven Ln, Findlay
419-425-3049 | mackliniginstitute.org

Educational Philosophy: To encourage the social, physical, emotional and cognitive growth of young children while providing them the opportunity to interact with senior adults. Children learn through hands on explorations and daily interactions and guidance within a natural family-like environment. Educational explorations are implemented by our teachers and designed to help children learn life skills and gain an academic advantage. MLLEC is a 5 Star Step Up To Quality program which serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: Infant 1, 1:5 | Infant 2,
1:6 | Toddler 1, 1:6 | Toddler 2, 1:7 | Preschool, 1:10
Hours of operation: 5:45am-6pm | Mon-Fri
Tours and open houses available: By appointment.

Daily activities: Vary per age group/classroom but include creative arts, literacy, math, science, music, large muscle, dramatic play, social engagement, self-help skills, intergenerational activities and more.

Nap times? Yes, vary per age group.
Meals and snacks provided? Yes, both meals and snacks.
Potty training required? Only to be enrolled in preschool classroom.

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School Academy of Angels

723 Sutton Pl, Findlay
419-423-2738 | findlaystmichaelschool.org

Educational philosophy: At the center of education at St. Michael the Archangel School in Findlay, Ohio are beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church. St. Michael offers a challenging curriculum steeped in Catholic tradition and conveyed by inventive and dedicated teachers who hold high academic and behavioral standards. They help to develop our next generation of Catholic leaders by developing their faith and providing an atmosphere in which the Gospel message is at the fore. Their educators excel at making these beliefs come alive in themselves and in those whom they teach, while emphasizing a Spirit-filled, faith-based community.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: 1:10 or smaller.
Hours of operation: 8am-2:25pm | Mon-Fri
Preschool: 8:30-11am | Mon-Fri
Tours and open houses available: Call for a school tour.

Daily activities: Art activities and crafts, story time, science activities, center-based free-play, dramatic play, use of a reading center, development of large and fine motor skills, library, music class, and kids help with cleanup and prayer.

Nap times? No.
Meals and snacks provided? Children may pack a lunch or purchase one from the cafeteria. Families provide snacks to share.
Potty training required? Yes.

Mornings with Mommy

Mingle with other moms while making crafts, singing songs, and
playing educational games with your infant to preschool aged children. Sign up in advance. $5
1st/3rd Monday and Tuesday of each month | 9:30-10:30am
Trinity Lutheran Church | 301 Main St, Jenera
419-326-4685 | tlcjenera.org

1 Amazing Place

207 E. Foulke Ave, Findlay
419-420-0424 | FB: 1 Amazing Place

Educational philosophy: School experiences at 1 Amazing Place stimulates intellectual development, self-reliance, creativity, problem solving abilities, hand-eye coordination (needed for reading and writing) as well as large motor skills and providing the tools needed to get along with others. The center is a play and fun-oriented school, not a paper and pencil structured environment, with the goal of making every child feel happy and safe while learning and growing at his/her own rate.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: Infant, 1:5 | Toddler (up to 18 mos.), 1:7 | Toddler (18 mos. – 3 years), 1:8 | Preschool (age 3), 1:12 | Preschool (ages 4 & 5), 1:14 | School age, 1:18
Hours of operation: 6am-6pm | Mon-Fri
Tours and open houses available: Open-door policy. Stop in anytime.

Nap times? Daily naps for infant to preschool ages.
Meals and snacks provided? Yes, breakfast, lunch and two snacks are provided.
Potty training required? No, the center helps train toddlers
up to age 3.

Almost Home Infant Care & Preschool

801 E Lincoln St, Findlay
419-427-2721 | almosthomekids.com

Educational philosophy: Almost home is an award winning program recognized for exceeding state standards in curriculum development, class sizes and teacher to child ratios. They educate and care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school children in a beautiful and peaceful, home-like setting. Almost home is a family-oriented center that partners with all of their best community resources to provide a rich and meaningful educational experience for your child. Happy, healthy children receiving the best possible education is the very foundation of what they do.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: Infant, 1:4 | Toddler, 1:6 | Preschool, 1:12
Hours of operation: 6am-6pm | Mon-Fri
Tours and open houses available: Call to make an appointment.

Daily activities: Full-day and half-day preschool options are very structured with a focus on kindergarten readiness and reading preparation, with a degreed teacher and a full-time registered nurse on staff.

Nap times? Full-day preschool students nap. Half-day preschool and school age children do not.
Meals and snacks provided? Hot breakfast and afternoon snack provided. Pack lunch.
Potty training required? No, help will be provided.

Sunshine Child Care Center

115 Ely Ave, Findlay
419-422-0213 | FB: Sunshine Child Care Center

Educational philosophy: Sunshine Child Care Center aspires to help children thrive by loving each child as the special individual they are, inspiring them to be explorers of their world, teaching clear Christian values, and preparing their minds for future educational goals while ensuring a safe environment.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: Age 3, 1:8 | Age 4, 1:12 | Age 5, 1:14
Hours of operation: 6am-5:30pm | Mon-Fri
Tours and open houses available: By appointment.

Daily activities: Chapel, guided play, independent play, arts and crafts, educational activities (math, science, alphabet, writing, etc.).

Nap times? Yes. 12:30pm.
Meals and snacks provided? Yes. Lunch and an afternoon snack.
Potty training required? Yes.

HHWP Community Action Commission

545 Winfield Ave, Findlay
419-423-3147 [Ext. 307 or 309]
hhwpcac.org | FB

Educational philosophy: This free preschool uses Creative Curriculum to prepare children for Kindergarten by providing fun and educational activities that meet the child’s interests and
developmental levels.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: 2:20
Hours of operation:
Office Hours | 8am-4:30pm | Mon-Fri
Class Hours | Two (2) Full Day Classrooms: 8am-3:30pm | Two (2) Half Day Morning Classrooms: 8:30am-12:30pm | Two (2) Half Day Afternoon Classrooms: 12pm-3:30pm
Tours and open houses available: Business hours or by appointment.

Daily activities: Activities are designed to enrich the children’s skill levels for kindergarten around literacy, arts, science, math and social/emotional development.

Nap times? Yes (full day classroom only).
Meals and snacks provided? A free breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack is provided.
Potty training required? No.

 

Washington Preschool

1100 Broad Ave, Findlay
419-425-8245 | preschool.fcs.org | FB

Educational philosophy: At Washington Preschool, they strive to create a safe, positive, and nurturing environment while building relationships with students, families, and communities. They promote cooperation and engagement as they appreciate each other’s strengths, model respect and celebrate differences.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: Max | 16:2
Hours of operation: 9am-3:40pm | Mon-Fri
Tours and open houses available: Call for tours | 419-425-8231

Daily activities: Their classrooms offer a wide range of technology experiences as well as developmentally appropriate hands-on experiences. Through these developmentally appropriate activities, the children discover who they are by relating to other children, adults, and exploration of their environment. A mix of active and quiet play, art, literacy and math activities are provided, as well as large motor opportunities.

Nap times? None necessary.
Meals and snacks provided? Snack is provided and lunch is offered through the Findlay City Schools.
Potty training required? Yes.

There you have it! A plethora of options. Happy choosing.