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Child Care Center

Our Southside location has a five-star rating from the State of Ohio Step Up to Quality Rating system.

Horizon Education Centers has provided high quality care and education for over 40 years.  Whether you're looking for child care, preschool programs, before - or after-school programs, or summer camp, Horizon offers these enrichment programs for children 18 months to 12 years of age.  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: 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday


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4911 Grove Avenue (Route 57)
Lorain, OH 44055
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Child Care

Child Care 18 mo – 5 yrs

21st Century Community

21st Century CommunityLearning center

The Adventure Club

The Adventure Club Before & After School

Field Trips

Field Trips

Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Head Start

Head Start

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Book Mobile

Book Mobile

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Rachel Davis

Center Director, Southside

EDUCATION Bachelor’s degree in business communications from the University of Phoenix, master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

ABOUT Rachel has been in childcare for several years. As a director, Rachel’s focus is to create an environment rich with learning, nurturing and structure. Her goal is to see every child and family grow in knowledge and understanding. She has previously served as a teacher, assistant director and center director. 

Carrie Sokol

Business Coordinator, Southside


ABOUT Ms. Carrie has worked for Horizon since December 2013. She enjoys children and the energy they bring to a room.

Southside’s teachers & faculty

Sonja Jackson Lead School-Age Teacher since 2003

EDUCATION CDA license in Early Childhood Education

ABOUT Ms. Sonja has always worked with children, so this career was a good fit. She has worked with Horizon for 12 years. Sonja has developed a meaningful relationship with the children and families at the center.

Kait Welsandt Lead School Age Teacher

EDUCATION Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Heidelberg University

ABOUT Ms. Kait started at Horizon in 2016 as an Americorps Member and spent a year helping families and creating different ideas for Family Nights.

Aida Olmeda Lead School Age Teacher

EDUCATION Currently enrolled to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Cleveland State University

ABOUT Ms. Aida is a preschool paraprofessional for Lorain City Schools and a lead teacher at Horizon. She loves being a mom and working with children, and she can't imagine herself in any other career.

Shelly Delaney Lead Preschool Teacher

EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication from Ohio State University and a CDA from Ashland University

ABOUT Ms. Shelly has 14 years of early childhood teaching experience. After working in a corporate environment for several years, she realized her true passion was early childhood education. Previously, she taught at the Lorain, Vermillion and Avon Lake city school districts.

Contact the Southside Center.

Contact the Southside Center