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Childcare & Preschool

4C for Children has great resources for parents and caregivers. Parents can also contact 4C for Children with questions about preschool and child care.

Miami Valley Child Development Centers(MVCDC) operates the Head Start program which provides quality preschool and child care for income-eligible children ages birth through age five. Call 937.226.5664 for more information or visit the website

Step Up To Quality is the state’s voluntary star-rating program for child care and preschool. All programs licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services are eligible to apply for a Star Rating. Programs must meet quality benchmarks above and beyond basic licensing to earn a Star Rating.

Child Screening

Goodwill-Easter Seals Miami Valley offers free child screening for children ages zero to five years. This is a great resource if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development. Call Betsy Krise at 937.903.3099 or Janet Ritchie at 937.789.9357 to schedule a screening.

Help Me Grow is available to serve families with qualifying children from prenatally to age three. If you have concerns about your child’s development call 937-208-GROW (4769) for a free consultation.

Center for Disease Control – Early Intervention Helphas great resources to help you understand if your child is developing appropriately. There are lists of milestones and suggestions if you have concerns.

Parenting Workshops

The TOTS program is a 12-week Saturday parenting and school-readiness course for parents living in the East Dayton/Ruskin neighborhood and parents in the West Dayton/Edison neighborhood. Parents (including pregnant moms) and their children ages zero to 5 years old are invited to attend to learn fun ways to help children prepare for kindergarten and beyond. Please call 937-542-4550 (Edison) or 937-259-1898 (East End Community Services), Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for more information.

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