About Us

Learn about us! Starting Point is Northeast Ohio’s early education, child care, daycare, preschool and out-of school time resource and referral agency. Serving families, youth, professionals and the community.

What We Do

Starting Point works to enhance early childhood and out-of-school time (OST) experiences. We’re the go-to organization Northeast Ohio families, youth, professionals and community organizations turn to for the resources they need to give children the quality care, learning and activities that lead to success in school and in life. From infants, toddlers, preschool, pre-k, and school age youth, we have program options for all children, even special needs!

  • We help families find the care that’s right for their child
  • Engage youth and school-aged children in constructive out-of-school activities to expand learning
  • Equip caregivers and teachers with comprehensive training and resources to start a quality childcare business or grow their existing business
  • Partner with community organizations to enhance quality and address early childhood and out-of-school time issues and unique challenges
  • Develop early childhood publications for those outside our area

Who We Serve

Starting Point serves families, early childhood and youth-serving professionals, and community organizations in Northeast Ohio’s Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake counties. Our early childhood books, publications, and materials are available throughout the United States through our online store.

Why We Matter

Studies show children in quality early childhood settings gain in literacy, math and pre-reading; have more positive interactions with others and are better prepared for kindergarten. School-agers in safe, constructive out-of school time programs learn healthy lifestyles, positive values and develop abilities and skills. These programs also are crime deterrents.

Starting Point works to expand and enhance high quality early childhood and school-age programs and to provide the guidance, support, information and services families, youth, professionals and organizations need to assure quality early childhood and out-of-school experiences.

Our Organization

Starting Point is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Our main office is in Cleveland with county offices in Ashtabula, Chardon and Mentor.

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We're MOVING! Our Cuyahoga County HQ is closing September 30, 2023 and will reopen in a new location in January 2024.