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The mission of Invest in Children is to mobilize resources and energy to ensure the well-being of all young children in Cuyahoga County, provide supportive services to parents and caregivers, and build awareness, momentum, and advocacy in the community around children and family issues.

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What is a High Quality Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) site?

 
A UPK site is a preschool in Cuyahoga County's award-winning program by Invest in Children to help 3-5 year olds have access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. Only those preschools rated three stars or higher in Ohio's Step Up To Quality system can participate.

List of UPK Sites  (Updated 10-31-18)


UPK Quality:


UPK Preschools meet these high standards and many others:
  • Teachers hold higher education credentials
  • Low teacher / child ratios
  • A child's unique needs are the basis for experiences and activities
  • A child's screening and assessment results are shared with families
  • Family and community input informs continuous center improvement 


UPK Scholarships:

Any preschool aged resident of Cuyahoga County can attend a UPK Preschool. Each program sets its own tuition rates, but Cuyahoga County can provide scholarship assistance to families earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level (for example: up to $98,400 annual income for a family of four.)  Your selected UPK site and tell you more.
  

UPK and Families:

UPK has won five national awards for family engagement. Our sites work hard to provide the best in family centered care. A two-generation approach means that support is available for both your child AND you!  

As a UPK parent, you will:

  • Partner with staff about your child's care and education.
  • Receive frequent communications about your child's progress.
  • Have opportunities to volunteer.
  • Learn about resources that will help prepare your child and your family for success.
  • Be able to join the conversation at Facebook.com/UPK2Gen and on twitter @UPK2Gen.

 

More Information on:  

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Fact Sheet

UPK Quality Explained

Child Care 

Special Needs Child Care 


Need more help finding suitable high-quality childcare or preschool?  Call Starting Point!



Starting Point

4600 Euclid Avenue, Suite 500

Cleveland, OH 44103

(216) 575-0061, (216) 575-0102 (fax)

1-800-880-0971. TTY 1-800-750-0750

www.starting-point.org