Early Childhood Center


Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

Early Childhood Center

Registration and Referrals

If you have concerns about your child's development, or are looking to access special education supports, please contact Charlene Rice to initiate the referral process to the Early Childhood Multidisciplinary Team. Charlene Rice can by contacted at (216) 371-7435. 

Our Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten classes are full, but we are accepting names for the waiting list.

Screenings for Half-Day Preschool peers will be conducted in mid-September. Typically developing children who attend the Half-Day Program as peers must have strong language, social skills, and self-regulation skills. Interested parents should contact Danielle Foran, Early Childhood Specialist, at d_vigh@chuh.org to schedule a play-based screening for their child. Registration will be done by appointment only and on a first come, first serve basis. You must have all of the required documents at the time of your registration appointment.

If you have concerns about your child's development, please contact Charlene Rice at (216) 371-7435 to request a referral packet.

2019-2020 Registration Info

Registration for new families began on March 5, 2019, and are done on a first come first serve basis. Registration packets are available online and in the main offices of Gearity, Noble and Oxford elementary schools. Registration is done by appointment only at Gearity Elementary School 2323 Wrenford Road, University Heights, OH 441118. Please contact Tanya Niraj at 216-371-7356 to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00 AM to noon.

Children attending Full-Day and whose home school is Noble or Oxford will be registered for their home school. No intradistrict transfers will be accepted unless an older or younger sibling attends Gearity.

If your child has an active IEP please inform Tanya Niraj when you call to schedule your registration appointment. Your child’s IEP will be reviewed with the evaluation team prior to the completion of registration and classroom placement.

Tuition Information:  

Tuition for Full-Day Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms is $575 per month and is due the 5th of the month prior. September tuition will be due on August 5, 2019.

Tuition for Half-Day Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms is $106 per month and is due the 5th of the month prior. September tuition will be due on August 5, 2019.

If your child has an active IEP you will not be responsible for tuition. If you are new to the district, please inform Tanya Niraj when you call to schedule your registration appointment.

A $125 deposit (checks made payable to the Department of Early Childhood) is due at the time of registration. $25.00 is a non-refundable registration fee. The remainder will go towards your first month’s tuition payment. Families who qualify for scholarships will not be required to pay a deposit.

Registration Guidelines:
Families must be residents of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District.
Children who will be 3 years old by September 30, 2019 must be enrolled in a 3-year-old class.
Children who will be 4 years old by September 30, 2019 must be enrolled in a 4-year-old class.
New siblings registering as peers in the Half-Day program must participate in a play-based screener prior to registration. (Spring screening will be done on May 15.)
All registration documents must be complete at the time of the appointment.
Families with an outstanding Early Childhood Program tuition balance will not be permitted to register until the balance is paid in full.
We highly recommend that families schedule a tour prior to registration. Please email Danielle Foran, Early Childhood Program Specialist, at D_Vigh@chuh.org to schedule a tour. 

Further information and appointments for tours and registration may be obtained by contacting:

Gearity Early Childhood Department
2323 Wrenford Road
University Heights, Ohio 44118

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Meet Incoming Superintendent Kirby at Local Spots, August 5-14

July 19, 2019 -- Incoming Superintendent Ms. Elizabeth Kirby will hold several informal gatherings in Cleveland Heights-University Heights neighborhoods this August to get to know the community. More +
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Travis Kelce's 'Walk the Walk' Fundraiser For Heights Schools July 19

July 9, 2019 -- Thanks to Kelce's commitment to his hometown schools, event proceeds from ‘Walk the Walk’ will make after school programming more accessible for all Cleveland Heights-University Heights school children in the coming year through a contribution to the Heights Schools Foundation. More +
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Family Connections Kindergarten Kickoff Dates

July 9, 2019 -- Family Connections will host Kindergarten Kickoffs at every elementary school in August. These fun events are designed to help parents and new kindergartners become comfortable with their new school, receive information about kindergarten expectations, and begin to build relationships with school staff and other families. More +
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Gearity Preschoolers Hatch Ducklings

June 21, 2019 -- Students at Gearity Preschool learned some important lessons about life, growth and disappointment this spring, all thanks to half a dozen duck eggs. More +
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Dig Into "Common Ground" With District, Heights Schools Foundation June 30

June 17, 2019 -- The Cleveland Heights-University Heights community is invited to attend the third annual Cleveland Foundation Common Ground event on June 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cain Park. More +

Contact Us

Early Childhood Center
2323 Wrenford Road
University Heights, OH 44118

Phone: 216-371-7356
Fax: 216-397-5959

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Danielle Foran
Danielle Foran
Early Childhood Program Specialist

2019-2020 Registration Documents

Please print, fill out and bring the registration documents to your registration appointment (do not mail).

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