When your early childhood program is listed with Starting Point, you’ll get free referrals, marketing and updates on important early childhood developments. We offer
training, education and credentials for administrators, teachers and staff. We’ll help you become quality-rated through the State of Ohio Step Up to Quality program, get accredited by the NAEYC (centers) or NAFCC (family child care homes) and earn Starting Point’s Care for Kids and Care for Kids’ Gold Star certificates for excellence in family child care homes. We also offer help, equipment and support to centers and homes caring for children with special needs.
If you offer OST activities in Cuyahoga County, you’ll get free referrals and marketing by filling out and submitting a quick two-page form. Families and youth count on us for information on after-school, out-of-school time and summer camp programs in their neighborhoods. We also issue periodic requests for proposals for out-of-school time proposals that meet specific criteria. If you have questions, call an out-of-school time staff representative at 216.575.0061, or log onto MyCom@starting-point.org
If you’re an agency or organization that receives funding from Starting Point, login here to find the information, forms and manuals you need, including Report Forms, Billing Forms, Instructor Manuals, Financial Manuals and Requests for Proposals for Special Needs and Regional Family Child Care Home Administration.
Starting Point has a wealth of valuable materials, like The Daily Parent, you can download to pass on to the families of children you serve. You can also purchase our popular set of books on fostering resilience, Magic Helpers (for children) and Building Blocks (for early childhood professionals and parents) as well as our new book on nurturing boys, Wired to Move: Facts and Strategies for Nurturing Boys in an Early Childhood Settings in our online Store.
To help children improve reading skills, Starting Point offers literacy programs and tools to after-school programs.