Child Care Center

Conveniently located near Route 57 and Route 2 this location provides many great opportunities for students to learn. Some of the features of our Southside Lorain Center include:

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

Horizon Education Centers' school-aged programs provide transportation to city schools before and after school to help working parents.

One of Horizon Education Centers six Lorain County locations is Southside in Lorain

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

  • Child Care
  • Preschool Programs
  • Before and Afterschool Programs
  • Summer Camp

Our teachers develop language and literacy, as well as social, emotional, and physical skills.  They 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 part of the Ohio Healthy Programs, ensuring your children have healthy food options daily. 

Horizon Education Centers has 13 child care centers in Northeast Ohio, including Southside-Lorain.

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

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


Contact Us

4911 Grove Avenue (Route 57)
Lorain, OH 44055
Step up to quality
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Homework Help

Homework Help

Arts, Media, Tech & Science

Arts, Media, Tech & Science

Head Start

Head Start

Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness

Summer Reading

Summer Reading



Carrie Sokol

Center Director, Southside

EDUCATION CDA in infants and toddlers. Working towards Bachelor’s degree in Education from Grand Canyon University.

ABOUT Carrie's tenure with Horizon is entering its ninth year. She started as a teacher and business coordinator and is now a Center Director. She's always excited to help families and advocate for the children in her center. She says children are her passion and she loves the energy they bring each day.  

Nisheyka Colon

Business Coordinator, Southside

EDUCATION Graduated from Lorain Community College with her Associate of Arts. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's in Business through Lorain County Community College.

ABOUT Nisheyka loves working with kids and helping them discover themselves. She enjoys coming to work and being able to see all the kids grow every day.

Southside’s teachers & faculty

Sonja Jackson Lead School-Age Teacher

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.

Shariah Pryor Lead Toddler Teacher

EDUCATION Associate degree in Arts from Lorain County Community College;  working towards CDA license in Early Childhood Education

ABOUT Ms. Shariah has been with Horizon since August 2016. Making a difference is her passion and experiencing the excitement of the children and the relationships she gains with them warms her heart and makes her job worthwhile. 

Contact the Southside Center.

Contact the Southside Center