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High-quality early childhood education is linked to positive student engagement, reading proficiency, higher attendance, and increased graduation rates.

The Center for Early Childhood at The Music Settlement provides children age 3-weeks through 6 years with the opportunities for creative expression that build confidence, network brain development, and strengthen parent-child bonds.

Its half-day preschool, year-round full-day school, full-day Kindergarten, and Arts for the Young programs provide exceptional music, movement, and art experiences for the children of Greater Cleveland. Providing a full foundation for children to learn and grow more confident, The Music Settlement also offers music therapy interventions for children with special needs to encourage and support the development of their social, communication, motor, and cognitive skills. 

For 60 years, since 1955, The Music Settlement’s Center for Early Childhood has sown the seeds of creative expression in thousands of children.  Its school program is the top-rated and first independent EC program in Cleveland to receive the coveted 5-Star Award from Step Up To Quality, State of Ohio. Its experienced faculty exceeds educational standards as established by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services; the majority of educators have earned a Bachelor’s or Master's Degree in Education or related fields.

Financial aid and generous support from Cuyahoga County’s Universal Pre-K initiative for the 2016-17 school year are available. 

Additionally, the Center for Early Childhood administers an Arts for the Young program. Each course is led both at the Settlement’s University Circle campus and also at BOP STOP at The Music Settlement on the near-West side of Cleveland in Ohio City.

For more than 60 years, The Music Settlement’s Center for Early Childhood has sown the seeds of creative expression in thousands of children, earning The Music Settlement a reputation for excellence in all aspects of early childhood education. Our school program has received the highest ratings from the State of Ohio’s Step Up to Quality initiative and our graduates go on to do better in school than their peers. Our experienced faculty exceeds educational standards as established by the Ohio Department of Human Services; a majority of our instructors have earned a Bachelor’s or Master's Degree in Education or related fields.

Financial aid and subsidies are available through a number of sources, including Cuyahoga County’s Universal Pre-K initiative: please call 216-421-5806 xt. 160 for information, enrollment assistance, and a campus tour.

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