Choosing a child care center that will nurture your child from infancy through preschool may be one of the most important decisions you make. The St. Augustine Child Enrichment Center, rated five stars by Ohio’s Step Up to Quality program, provides a safe, loving and nurturing atmosphere where children can learn, grow and develop. Located on the St. Augustine Health Campus just minutes from downtown Cleveland, the Child Enrichment Center is licensed by the State of Ohio to serve children six weeks to five years old.
Our focus supports school readiness through:
Our not-for-profit philosophy is designed to give children at each stage of development a beginning foundation of success and to promote a love of learning while encouraging self-sufficiency. In an environment that nurtures self-esteem and fosters respect for diversity, our highly-trained and caring staff help develop each child to their fullest potential developmentally, physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively with an emphasis on self-reliance skills. With smaller class sizes and low child-to-teacher ratios, the Child Enrichment Center is able to create a nurturing environment that allows children to be problem-solvers, independent explorers and creative thinkers.
Enrollment Coordinator / ReceptionistLaura is our receptionist and enrollment coordinator and has worked at the Child Enrichment Center for 15 years. She holds a bachelor’s in applied behavioral science from Kent State University and has a teenage son who is a 2012 Child Enrichment Center graduate! Laura believes that early learning is important because the lessons that are learned, the habits that are formed and the bonds and connections that are made during a child’s first five years can determine the course of their life.
CEC DirectorKate Lawson is our CEC Director and holds 8 years of teaching experience. She is a graduate of John Carroll University with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish, M.Ed in Education and loves all the little magical moments that come along with working in early education. “I love the happiness, innocence, and silliness of young kids – it is a privilege of being a caretakers for them in the formative years.” When asked what Kate enjoys most about this field, she said, “the most rewarding aspect of working in Early Childhood Education is receiving the love, hugs, and smiles from the kids every day. Seeing them happy and healthy makes all the hard work worth it!”
Toddler TeacherJanell has been with our Center for over 12 years and has a son and daughter of her own. She enjoys watching all of the kids grow and progress in their learning. Miss Janell strives to give her students the opportunity to learn and explore through learning and different ways to do that, that may not be available if they were at home.
Toddler TeacherMary has been a toddler teacher in our Center for five years and has a daughter, son, and two stepsons. She says that what she loves about teaching the most is watching the children tell their parents at pickup time all about thei fun stuff they did and learned about that day. It’s never too early to start teaching independence as that’s one of the most important things kids learn from Miss Mary’s classroom; skills like clearing their plates from the table and learning to use the potty are some of the first steps to independence!
Infant I TeacherMiss Jen is one of our infant teachers who has recently joined our St. Augustine Child Enrichment Center family. She is kindhearted, friendly, and hardworking. Miss Jen considers herself a nurturing person by nature, and has always had a passion for teaching. “It is such an amazing feeling knowing that I play a role in children being loved, cared for, and growing a healthy body and mind,” Miss Jen shares. She also enjoys seeing each child develop in their own unique way.
Infant II TeacherHaving been in the child care field for 29 years, Mary has been part of the Child Enrichment Center family for over 16 of those years. She has two grown daughters and is our Infant II teacher. Watching the babies reach their major milestones like learning how to walk and talk and seeing the smiles on their faces when they come in to the Center in the morning are among her favorite parts of being a teacher. An important skill infants learn in Mary’s classroom is using spoons when feeding. This skill is the beginning of the Infant II babies’ journey to independence, as well as an aid in developing their fine motor skills.
Preschool TeacherSkylar graduated from Bard High School Early College Cleveland in hopes to enter into the field of Early Education. “I come from a large family and there is nothing more rewarding than making a positive impact in a child’s life – I love watching them develop into their own person and watching them do the things that I was able to help teach them!”
Toddler TeacherConnie is currently enrolled at Colorado State Online to finish getting her Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Pre-Health in hopes to become a Child Life Specialist after her Masters degree. “I have always loved working with children. Helping children and their families is my passion. The thing I enjoy the most is making the kids laugh and trying to put a smile on their faces everyday.” She also notes that she has been babysitting and nannying since 6th grade and has worked with them for a long while!
Preschool TeacherA veteran of 32 years in the child care field, Miss Kathy has been a member of the CEC family for over 8 years. She is a graduate of Cuyahoga Community College with a degree in early childhood education and mom to her adult son. Kathy says that the most important thing kids learn from being in her classroom is independence and self-help skills. “I try to help them gain these skills by allowing the kids time, trial and error, and opportunities to think abou tother ways to solve problems.”
Infant II TeacherShelly joined the Child Enrichment Center family in 2009 and has a bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University. One of the most important things infants will learn in Miss Shelly’s classroom is communication. “They learn sign language then the verbal words that allow them to get their needs and wants known and met,” she says. “I love seeing them proud of themselves when they can tell us things like hi, bye, I’m hungry/tired and I love you! They seem to enjoy the communication and ability to finally begin to form conversations.”
Infant I TeacherMeghan has been an infant I teacher in our Center since 2010 and has three young children of her own. Miss Meghan feels that early learning is important because the early years provide a foundation for all future learning and development. Children can then build and branch out in any direction and learn so much more because they have that steady foundation to refer back to. When asked what the most important thing students learn from being in her classroom is, Meghan says, “That they are safe here, their needs will be met and I am on a team with their parents/caretakers, working together for their success.”
Float TeacherJackie is our float teacher and is currently enrolled in a DMS ( Diagnostic Medical Sonography ) program at Tri-C to continue her education. “I have been babysitting since I was 12 years old, ever since then being around kids and working with them has been a major aspect of my life.” Jackie has previously worked in a child care center at her local recreation center alongside babysitting. “Working with kids has always been so important in my life, especially helping them learn new ways to communicate. One of the best things is watching a kid learn how to be a ‘little human’ whether it is talking, walking, or figuring out their emotions – just being there to help them with those things is the biggest reward!”