BEREA

Child Care Center

In addition to providing high-quality education for more than 40 years, Horizon Education Centers also offers before and after-school care.

Our Berea Center boasts a five-star rating from the State of Ohio's "Step Up To Quality" Program.  In fact, each of our centers is highly rated.

The Berea facility provides enriched child care, including baby care starting at 6 weeks and school-age programs for students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Language and literacy, as well as social, emotional, and physical development, are all addressed in our programs.

Horizon focuses on kindergarten preparedness and school-age enrichment. Our staff members use state standards, tests, and individual learning plans to guide your children.

We're also excited to work with Invest In Children's Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program to provide a high-quality preschool experience for families and children.

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

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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

Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Universal Pre-Kindergarten

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. 

Katie Mahilo

Business Coordinator, Berea

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. 

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 Preschool Contracted 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. 

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. 

Leah Townshend Preschool Lead Teacher

EDUCATION Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Rio Grande. 

ABOUT Ms. Townsend loves seeing the joy in her students' eyes when they discover new things.

Kalus Arnold School Age Lead Teacher

EDUCATION Bachelor’s degree in Sports Leadership and Recreation from Bluffton University

ABOUT Mr. Kalus loves watching all of his students excel when they put their minds to something. His only requirement is that they have fun while they're doing it!

Barb Handloser Assistant Lead Preschool Teacher

EDUCATION Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Miami University

ABOUT After teaching first graders in the Strongsville City Schools for 10 years, Miss Barb put her career on hold to raise her two sons. Now she's back in the classroom helping her early-childhood students prepare for kindergarten. She says her secret to success is teaching her students self-regulation.

 

Shelly Delaney Preschool Lead Contracted Teacher

EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from The Ohio State University, Bachelor's Plus Licensure Program in Early Childhood Education (PreK-3 grade) from Ashland University

ABOUT An educator since 2005, Miss Shelly's work focused mainly on Pre-K students before she joined Horizon and started working with our preschool students. She understands that every child is unique and works to build a trusting relationship with each of them. Miss Shelly has two grown sons and loves to be outside, exercising, and riding on motorcycles in her spare time.

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