Since 1995, Little Feet Childcare’s certified teachers have been fostering new generations of inquisitive children in their daily childcare sessions. Childcare groups are separated by age, with infants and toddlers placed in closely monitored classes that follow the Ohio Department of Education’s official infant and toddler guidelines. Preschoolers aged 3–5, meanwhile, have their own curriculum specifically designed to prepare them for the academic rigors of kindergarten, and an after-school program for kids aged 6–12 provides time for both homework and socializing.
For more than 20 years, John and Stacy DiJulius have been improving their John Robert's Spa brand and opening up locations throughout the Cleveland area, most recently with their newest outpost in Strongsville. And it's no wonder their brand is so popular?even when you're not in the spa it feels like you're getting a spa treatment.
Haircuts include a scalp, hand, and arm massage, a mini facial treatment, and a mini makeup touchup; pedicures can incorporate an exfoliating sugar scrub and hot-towel wrap. And when you retire to the actual spa, you can choose from services that range from Aveda's signature Caribbean-therapy body treatment to microdermabrasion to spray tanning.
Those who frequent John Robert's can enroll in a VIP rewards program and feel great about the salon giving back to charities including Rainbow Babies and Flashes of Hope.
Guidestone works to equip and empower children and families to reach their full potentials, driven by its faith-based vision of creating strong communities where future generations are self-reliant, educated, and fulfilled. Its programs—designed particularly to help children and families in need—help preserve family relationships and aim to reduce the need for future interventions by courts or social services. For instance, the MomsFirst program assists new mothers, including those currently in jail, living in shelters, or participating in rehab, with health and social-service needs such as parenting classes or birth control. Other programs include case management for children dealing with the local juvenile court.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
When instructors lead classes for toddlers and preschool children at Tots University, the colorful 10,000-square-foot space comes to life. Throughout the day, these energetic teachers keep students busy singing songs, working on craft projects, or using macaroni to solve high-level calculus problems. For fun, kids can don costumes and perform in the drama program or hone their coordination and motor skills in gymnastics classes.
Learning Advantage Education Center and Preschool's licensed, certified teachers impart valuable skills to children in an entertaining, structured atmosphere. Summer dance camps combine age-appropriate movement instruction with foot-tapping music, fun props, and entertaining themes such as Under the Sea, At the Beach, and Standing Near a Sink. Dancers age 5–8 can bounce around at the Shake Your Groove Thing camp ($40, plus a $5 supply fee), and those age 3–4 can groove to music during the three-day Shake, Rattle and Roll camp ($39, plus a $5 supply fee) or the Lets Twist camp ($40, plus a $5 supply fee).