Frequently Asked Questions
Does Tri-C offer drop-in child care?
The College offers extensive information on qualified local child care resources but does not offer on-site child care or drop-in services.
Where do I begin to look for child care?
Starting Point’s The Good Child Care Book outlines what every parent should know about quality child care. View Child Care programs/options near me.
How do I know whether a child care center, preschool or school-age program is qualified
Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five-star quality rating system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). View the Child Care Center Requirements PDF.
What if I need assistance with paying for child care?
Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services offers a Child Care Assistance program to help you pay for a portion of your child care expenses each month allowing you to remain in school or to work. View all payment assistance available.
Cuyahoga Community College has many scholarship opportunities available to Tri-C students. Awards may be considered for childcare, temporary transportation costs, and other situations that may restrict access to education. Visit our scholarships page for information on how to apply.
What type of educational child care opportunities are there?
High quality pre-kindergarten gives children a firm foundation for educational success. Research shows that children in high-quality pre-kindergarten programs make gains in early literacy, pre-reading, and early math. Children in a pre-kindergarten program have more positive interactions with peers and adults and are better prepared for kindergarten. View the Universal Pre-K brochure.
My child is special needs. Is there a specific special needs child care available?
If you live in Cuyahoga County and have a child with developmental, health, physical, social-emotional or behavioral challenges, Starting Point Special Needs Child Care can help you find a positive child care environment, dedicated teachers and expert support so your child will thrive. Call Starting Point at 216-575-0061 or 800-880-0971 to learn more. Starting Point Special Needs Child Care PDF.
What services are available if my child is experiencing emotional challenges?
A child's emotional and behavioral health during the early years of life is very important. Children may experience anger, fearfulness, anxiety, hyperactivity or big life changes. If you are worried about your child's emotional growth or behavior, call Cuyahoga County Invest in Children Early Childhood Mental Health at 216-881-5507. View the Early Childhood Mental Health brochure.
What additional resources are available to me and my family?
Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services has an online Resource Guide to assist you and your family with a variety of services. You can also get information from United Way's 211 Service. Call 2-1-1 or visit 211oh.org.