Early Steps Learning Centers are nurturing child care centers with exceptional education programs taught by qualified staff with a passion for fun.  We are locally owned and operated and have been proudly serving Cleveland area children and families for 12 years.

Our 3 locations, Chardon Road and Richmond Road in Richmond Heights and Drenik Drive in Wickliffe, care for children 6 weeks through 12 years old, 12 hours a day, Monday through Friday.  Read on and learn why “Every Day is a Fun Day” at Early Steps Learning Center!

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Exceptional Education

Our curriculum-based programs are customized to each child to encourage cognitive, physcial and socio-emotional development. Special programs such as Spanish, Sign Language, and Christian Club give our children even more opportunities to learn and grow. < our curriculum

4-Star Rated Center

4-Star Rated Center

We are proud to be one of the few local child care centers to receive the Step Up to Quality 4 star rating with the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services. We’ve committed to less children per teacher and more teacher training to create an even better educational environment. < about us

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Infants (6 weeks – 17 months)
Toddlers (18 months – 3 years)
Preschool (3 – 4 years)
Pre-Kindergarten (4 – 5 years)
Before & After School (5 – 12 years)
Summer Camp (5 – 12 years)

  • “How do you possibly thank everyone at ESLC for the fantastic job and attention given to our daughters?  We realize you are all paid to do what you are doing but the care and genuine feeling everyone has displayed is truly remarkable.  You give the children the tools, foundation and lifestyle on which everything they become tomorrow is built upon.  You are all special and wonderful gifts to humanity.   We say a big, “THANK YOU ALL”, from the bottom of our hearts, for your labor of love will not be forgotten!” – (daughters in school age and toddler programs)

    “Care and genuine feeling is remarkable”
  • “Very nice staff and very good at keeping you informed about your child.  My daughter loves to go to Early Steps.  I feel comfortable knowing that Early Steps picks her up from school and she is somewhere very safe until I get off of work.  She has alot of fun when school is out and she gets to attend the Center’s full day program.” (school age program)

    “Very good at keeping your informed”
  • “My daughter has been at ESLC for 6 1/2 years.  I have enjoyed the experiences she has had here and I’m very pleased with all of the programs.  My daughter has been through all of the programs from toddler to preparing for school.  She graduated and is now attending the School Age program.  They provide breakfast and transportation to and from school.  After school she has a chance to complete her homework, enjoy a snack and have outdoor time.  She has formed a bond with the teachers.” (daughter 7 years)

    “I’m very pleased with all of the programs”
  • “Early Steps has been really beneficial for my 2 year old son.  When I pick him up he shows me sign language and tells me what they mean or sings songs that he learned.  He tells me friends in his class and their names.  The staff is very friendly, helpful, and informative.  I feel my child is in a safe environment and getting the proper attention.” (son 2 years old).

    “He tells me friends in his class and their names”
  • “Since my oldest daughter has attended ESLC, I have had nothing but positive experiences.  ESLC has worked with development and helped with preparation for kindergarten.  She absolutely loves her teachers and the curriculum.  My youngest daughter was enrolled at three months old.  The environment in the Infant Room is always clean and the teachers really care for the babies.” – (daughters 4 years and 11 months)

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  • “Early Steps has been a complete pleasure to work with.  They keep communication open with us and their educational program is very effective.  We couldn’t imagine sending our daughter anywhere else!” (daughter 20 months)

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  • “My daughter’s experiences have been wonderful. This is her first time at day care and she loves it. She gets so excited when we pull into the driveway of ESLC. When she gets into her classroom she takes off running to her friends yelling, “Bye Mom”. It makes me feel good going to work because I know she is happy.” (daughter 17 months)

    “She gets so excited when we pull into the driveway”
  • “I chose Early Steps because they have superior service. They go above and beyond any day care I’ve ever seen to ensure quality child care. Not only is it a clean and friendly environment but the staff is on one accord. Mrs. Barringer and Mrs. Jackson truly have your child’s best interest at heart.” (daughter 17 months)


    “Your child’s best interests at heart”

27027 Chardon Road
Richmond Heights, Ohio
(440) 944-2223

centers areas

468 Richmond Road
Richmond Heights, Ohio
(216) 381-4600

Preschool Room

1601 Drenik Drive
Wickliffe, Ohio
(440) 585-4500