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KidsFirst Strongsville, OH location earns 1st STAR in Step Up to Quality

At KidsFirst, we thrive to provide your child and family the best childcare experience available. In our efforts to offer the best childcare, we start with our staff of teachers and Directors. With Ohio’s Step up to Quality program, and KidsFirst Commitment to Excellence; we set a higher standard for offering your family better learning and development programs that meet quality standards over and above the health and safety licensing requirements.

Here’s why it’s so important to not only the children we see everyday, but to our families as well:

1. Specialized training: The administrator, lead teachers and assistant teachers complete 20 hours of every two years. The administrator and teaching staff are committed to expanding their knowledge and skills to better support your child’s development and learning.

2. Teachers are familiar with Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards. Your child’s program is aware that there are standards that explain child development and this information assists teachers in supporting your child’s growth and learning. All ages benefit from this since there are different developmental milestones for each age group.

3. Family focused: The program focuses on building relationships with families. The program makes information available about community services and resources that support all family structures.

4. Committed to continuous improvement. Your child’s program focuses on the continuous improvement process, and looks for ways to make their good program even better. By conducting self-assessments, the program is working to identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.

Your child has 1,892 days from the day they are born until they enter kindergarten.

This is just the first “step” in creating higher standards for our teachers, better programs for our students, and a better school for all our parents, teachers, and children.

Learn more about Ohio’s STEP UP TO QUALITY initiative here:
Step Up to Quality overview:
Step to Quality 1-Star rating Program Standards:


Did You Know. . .

  • KidsFirst has an "open door policy." This means parents can visit or call anytime, without notice.
  • KidsFirst play areas have cushioned floors and walls to avoid fall injuries and encourage first steps.
  • All KidsFirst babies – to 18 months – have their own cribs with their names; cribs are never shared.

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