Learning takes place when children are in surroundings where they feel safe and secure. In our program, parents have the security of knowing their children are safely taken care of in their absence. In the classroom, Family Life Child Care teachers provide opportunities for learning in an atmosphere of trust and love. Our centers allow for children to participate in activities both inside and outside their home classroom with proper supervision. Each center provides a large, outdoor play area for large muscle play and activities. We provide fun field trips, nutritious meals and snacks. Additional services are available to address a variety of family issues including counseling, parenting skill training, and a host of residential and community-based mental health services. Family Life Child Care Centers is a OhioGuidestone Organization.
Family Life Child Care has been offering high quality early care and education since 1983. During the early 1980s, many more women were in full time careers and starting families simultaneously. Recognizing the need for child care for his employees as well as in the community, Reverend Dr. John Caddey, former Executive Director of our Parent Organization, OhioGuidestone, initiated the opening of our day care program. On September 1, 1983, our first infant room opened on our Berea Children’s Home campus. Soon the word spread, in 1984, the agency leased the former Loomis School from Baldwin-Wallace College to house the growing program. The gym and the west end of the school were used for day care. Since that time, the Family Life Child Care Program has continued to grow and become a leader at both the local and state level in defining and providing the highest standards of early care and education. The program currently provides education and enrichment opportunities to children from 6 weeks to 12 years old throughout Cuyahoga County. The child care centers have been recognized for their outstanding and steadfast commitment to providing quality early childhood programming through Step Up to Quality, Ohio’s voluntary rating system. Each of the Family Life Child Care Centers is considered “highly rated” through this rating system.