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BEREA

Child Care Center

Horizon Education Centers has provided high quality care and education for over 40 years.  The Berea location offers enriched child care programs, including infant care beginning at 6 weeks and school-age programs for children in kindergarten through 4th grade.  Our programs focus on language and literacy, social,  emotional, and physical and development. Horizon guides children with state standards, assessments and individual learning plans, and we focus on kindergarten readiness and school age enrichment.  Each of our centers is highly rated by the State of Ohio Step Up to Quality Rating.

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

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555 W. Bagley Road
Berea, OH 44017
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ACTIVITIES OFFERED

Homework Help

Homework Help

Arts, Media, Tech & Science

Arts, Media, Tech & Science

Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Yoga

Yoga

Jenny Penttila

Center Director, Berea

EDUCATION Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Toledo

 ABOUT Jenny has worked in early childhood education for 22 years. She believes that families are a child’s first teacher and that it takes a whole village working together to raise a child. 

Erin Joyce

Business Coordinator, Berea

EDUCATION Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Early Education from Lorain County Community College

ABOUT Erin has worked in childcare for 11 years. She loves working with children and families and is dedicated to creating a safe and happy atmosphere for children to grow and learn.

Berea’s teachers & faculty

Cristina Acosta Lead Toddler Teacher

EDUCATION Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cuyahoga Community College

ABOUT Ms. Cristina has 12 years of experience in the early childhood classroom. She has worked with all age groups, but her heart is with the toddlers. The excitement that the children have when they learn new things is what makes her job worthwhile. 

Cassandra French Lead Toddler Teacher

EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ashland University

ABOUT Ms. Cassy has worked with children for more than 30 years, and specifically toddlers for the last 10 years. She believes in nurturing children and guiding them to their full potential. She also believes that having fun is the best way to learn.

Denise Braziel Lead Toddler Teacher

EDUCATION Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati

ABOUT Ms. Denise started her career in early childhood in 1994 when she owned and operated a family-based child care facility. She worked with preschoolers, infants, and now toddlers. She believes in doing what you love, and loving what you do. 

Kristen Nasinnyk Lead Infant Teacher

EDUCATION Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Baldwin-Wallace College 

ABOUT Ms. Kristen has worked in childcare for over 18 years. She has worked with all age groups, but most of her time has been spent with infants. She loves to watch the infants learn, grow and develop into their own little personalities.  

Ana-Lee Sandru Lead Preschool Teacher

EDUCATION Associate Degree in Early Childhood from Tri-C, Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati

ABOUT Ms. Ana-Lee has taught preschool for the last 30 years. She cares about educating the whole child socially, emotionally and cognitively in order for them to reach their highest potential. Ana-Lee is an advocate of early intervention, which she feels is the key to a child’s success in elementary school.

Denise Griffie Lead Preschool Teacher

EDUCATION Associate Degrees in Early Childhood Education and Arts. She is attending the University of Cincinnati for continuing Early Childhood Education

ABOUT Ms. Denise has worked with children for more than 20 years and has been a preschool teacher at the Berea Family Life Child Care Center for the past 13 years. She looks forward to supporting children in their learning at Horizon. 

Traci Salette Lead Preschool Teacher

EDUCATION Attending Cleveland State University for Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

ABOUT Ms. Traci Salette has been an early childhood educator for nearly 24 years. She enjoys providing an atmosphere of creativity, exploration and fun for young children.

Katie Mahilo Lead Preschool Teacher

EDUCATION Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development from Walden University

ABOUT Ms. Katie taught preschool for three years and then began her career with Horizon. Prior to that, she taught toddlers/infants for two years. She believes that Horizon Education Center has the passion to help the children flourish. 

Joan Fox Lead Infant Teacher

EDUCATION Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cuyahoga Community College 

ABOUT Previously, Ms. Joan was a teacher at Family Life Child Care Center. She enjoys providing a nurturing environment with opportunities for the children to grow and learn.

Patty Kaminski Lead Pre-K Techer

EDUCATION Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cleveland State University, and Early Literacy Mentoring Certificate

ABOUT Ms. Patty has taught preschoolers for 27 years. She creates a community of learners in her classroom where each student, parent and teacher is a valued contributing member. She believes in creating an environment that fosters a curiosity for the unknown, a desire to learn, and the confidence to explore. 

Meagan McAllister Lead Preschool Teacher Berea

EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Cleveland State University

ABOUT Ms. Meagan has worked in childcare for over 30 years, working mostly with children ages infant to kindergartener. She found her passion for teaching preschool children and has taught them for the past 14 years. 

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