Child Care Center

Some of the things you and your children will love about our South Elyria Center include:

  • Five-Star Rating from the State of Ohio's "Step Up To Quality" Program 
  • Preschool Scholarships
  • Toddler Care

The center is conveniently located near Elyria High School; for parents with school-aged children, the center can provide transportation for students before and after school.

Horizon Education Centers have 13 locations in Northeast Ohio, including this one in South Elyria.

We've been offering highly-rated, high-quality educational experiences for more than 40 years, including:

  • Preschool Programs
  • Before and Afterschool Programs
  • Summer Camp

We develop language and literacy, as well as social, emotional, and physical skills.  Our staff members guide their students with various teaching methods based on recommendations from the state of Ohio, including:

  • State Standards
  • State Assessments
  • Individual Learning Plans

Horizon Education Centers focuses on kindergarten readiness and school-age enrichment, and we're a proud partner of the Ohio Healthy Programs, ensuring your children have healthy food options daily. 

Horizon Education Centers has six Lorain County locations, including their South Elyria location.

And each of our centers has a toddler playground area, preschool playground area, and school-age playground area.  

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


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109 Louden Court
Elyria, OH 44035
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Summer Reading

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Nikki Perez

Center Director, South Elyria (Wilkes Villa)

EDUCATION Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lorain Community College

ABOUT Nikki has been working in the education field since 2004. She has worked with various age groups throughout her career. Her passion is being a support for her families and children in her community. Her favorite quote is, "If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." - Maya Angelou. Nikki is also the site coordinator for Southside Pride.

Patricia Smith

Site Coordinator, South Elyria (Wilkes Villa)

EDUCATION Associates of Applied Business in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Brown Mackie College

ABOUT Born and raised in Lorain, OH, Patricia enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating high school in 2000. She was a Water Treatment Specialist, serving a tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and later received her Honorable Discharge from the service. Patricia is a mother of three with a heart filled with love. "I joined Horizon to make a difference in others' lives today to make a better change for our world tomorrow!"

Davyana Harris

Business Coordinator, South Elyria (Wilkes Villa)
EDUCATION: Associates Degree in Applied Business Office Administration  - Ohio Business College

ABOUT: Born and raised in Lorain Ohio. I have two beautiful girls and a soon-to-be husband(Sept 2023)! I have worked with Horizon as a Preschool teacher Assistant and I am now the new Business Coordinator at South Elyria. I enjoy meeting new people and being a part of seeing the kids grow day by day.

South Elyria’s teachers & faculty

Cara King Teacher

EDUCATION Master's Degree in Education from Grand Canyon University; Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Cleveland State University

ABOUT When Ms. King was in high school, she enrolled in an early childhood program that inspired her to become a teacher. The children at the center keep her on her toes. She enjoys watching her kids thrive and succeed at everything they do.

Latoya Washington Lead School Age teacher

EDUCATION CDA (Child Development Associate) Certificate; GED from John F. Kennedy High School and has a school-age endorsement through the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association

ABOUT Ms. Latoya started off as a floater and worked with every age group in the South Elyria education center and moved up the ladder becoming a lead school-age teacher. She loves working with the children and enjoys completing the cooking lesson plans with them.

Contact the South Elyria Center.

Contact the South Elyria Center