Families and Guardians

Looking for Child Care? for Out-of-School programs?  to get your foster parent license? 

We’re your Starting Point.

Starting Point connects families in Northeast Ohio to child care, education, and out-of-school time programming that best meets their individual needs.

Whether you’re ready to sign up for a child care or out of school time program, or looking to learn more about what child care is, we’re your first stop.

What does Starting Point do for families?

Child Care Referral Service

We help families find high-quality child care resources that fit their child’s unique needs–and the financial assistance to make it affordable.

Out of School Time Referral Services

We help Cuyahoga County families find high-quality, FREE out-of-school time resources that fit their child’s unique needs and interests. 

It Takes 100% Heart™: Foster Care Recruitment & Support

Want to start your foster care journey? We’re here to help you along the way to becoming licensed foster care providers. Starting Point is a local affiliate of Ohio Department of Children and Youth’s It Takes 100% Heart™ Campaign.

Are you looking for something else?

Starting Point Services are a great first step for most families looking for child care, before and after school care, or summer care. If you’d like to see programs we offer to select families, explore our Program options below. 

These limited-space opportunities like Cleveland Child Care Scholarship or Universal Pre-Kindergarten Scholarships might be the right fit for your family. Use our Financial Aid Calculator or call our Family Resource Navigators  at 216.575.0061 to see if you qualify. 

Parents looking for child care options have many questions to consider. What is Quality child care? How do I select a program that fits my child’s needs? Starting Point is here as an information resource for parents. Check out our page on “What is Quality Child Care?” To learn more. 

Your child with special needs deserves the highest quality. Learn more about special needs child care, and call our Family Navigation Specialists today at 216.575.0061 to have a specialized consultant find programs that can help your child with medical, social emotional, or cognitive delay. 

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Summer Hours: Starting Point offices are Hybrid Monday - Thursday, Fully Remote on Fridays.