1.       To provide a comprehensive early childhood education program and day care service for young children, the curriculum shall be designed to enhance the total development of each child.

 2.       To meet the needs of all children; including those who are at risk, those with special needs, those who are gifted, and those who are culturally diverse.

3.       To advocate developmentally appropriate, child-centered, active, experiential learning through play and positive experience.

4.       To build the foundation for a lifetime of learning, dedicated to one thing - giving children the best start on life.

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Good Place for kids.

Over the last 3 years Both of our kids went to this Play Academy. One kid already grown and one is still there. Both our kids have growth and educational experience.

Teacher are caring and loving. work to make children comfortable. Focus on child development. Many art projects. Play outside time. Physical activities gym. Many Learning activities.

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I trust the Play Academy. Many of my friends keep their kids there.

If you are looking for a Good Place for your baby I recommend you call and arrange a tour. See and decide for yourself.

Laura T.


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Security door was constantly broken and never closed properly and front desk was usually left unattended, my child was left unattended in a room while the rest of the class went outside, and a teacher used my son's hand to retaliate against another child. We only found out about the last event after the fired teacher had contacted us via social media. The center lied to us and told us that it didn't directly involve our son. After discussing the issue further, we found out that she had actually used my son's hand to grab the child's hair. After the truth came out, we received an incident report 3 weeks after the incident date. I think that basically sums up my experience at this daycare.

Analicia M.


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My daughter has attended Play Academy in Highland Heights for a couple of years now. The classrooms are nice and they have nice play areas for the children. There is an indoor play area that allows the children to run about even when the weather does not permit outdoor play, which is wonderful. It seems like the summer menu has improved. They would serve salsa and chips and call that a meal or a simple broth and call it soup - my daughter would be really hungry when she came home. It just wasn't a very child friendly menu. I also don't like that they close on the day before holidays. For example, I was extremely irritated that they closed on July 3 this year. I still had to work. I was put in a major bind because I didn't have any available sitter. They put a sign up with less than 2 weeks' notice, and by then, it was too late to request the day off. A child care facility should not close if it is not a holiday. I had to take an un-approved day off work. Same thing happened when they closed early for Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and the day after Thanksgiving. If it is not an official holiday, parents are not always able to get a day off. That should be taken into consideration. I am truly considering moving her to another facility with less abrupt days off. Another thing that bothers me is that there is almost no one available to speak with about questions/concerns. There used to be the owner who sat at the front desk. She was always available (or at least someone was). Now, that they've opened the new facility, the front desk is almost always unattended, and they don't take the phone with them when they walk away. If there is an emergency, which I've had, you call and get their voice mail, which from my experience, is not checked regularly. It used to be such a nice place to have your child, but they are really slipping. What a shame.



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Highly recommended and extremely satisfied with the care and attention given to my daughter by the staff. I visited several other preschool and daycares; Play Academy was the absolute best choice by far. I especially love receiving pictures almost daily of what my daughter's class is doing and e-mails about the books and different topics the children are learning about for the week. Great job to the staff!



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My son Loves Marina and her so...

My son Loves Marina and her son. You will do well in whatever you choose in life:)



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It was a good place for infant...

It was a good place for infants. Not anymore. High turnover of caregivers, toys are not cleaned, always sticky with food and saliva....Housekeeping may take place one night but not the other. From 6am to 7am, there is only one teacher who keeps kids and infants in toddler room. If your infant soiled herself, teacher can't leave the room to changing station in infant room to change or feed...they don't stick with required state ratio everyday. Their fees are similar to top notch daycares in the area.

claimed iconBusiness Response07/30/2012

This response was a misunderstanding between the center and the parent. We are always in ratio at the center. We do have someone who comes in to clean the center on a daily basis. We did have some turnover with teachers during this time. Most centers have some turnover with teachers. We want to make sure that we get the right person hired for our school, sometimes that may take a while.

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The best experience my child had

As soon as I found the Play Academy, my search for the perfect daycare had ended. My son loves it there, he is happy all the time, fed healthy food (plenty of it), Has a lot of friends, and every morning is looking to get out of the bed and go to his pre-school. He switched 2 different places couple years ago, but now I know he is getting the education he need as well as different activities to keep him active and strong!!!!!!! LUV It! And am so happy that my son is a part of this great experience!!!!



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Great Pre -School

I am very impressed with the Play Academy pre -school .It has very warm atmosphire and great teachers. Activities that are available to kids are great: Russian /English language, art ,music and fitness to say the least.

My son is 4 years old and he is always exited to go to school every mornig.

He has made lots of friends and he adores his teachers.

I recomend this shool to all my friends and everybody who cares about their kids education ,every day invironment and comfort.



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I have 2 children currently enrolled at Play Academy in Highland Heights, one is almost a year old, and the other is 3 and a half! Let me be the first to tell you, this is absolutely the best child care facility I have ever laid my eyes on! My husband and I spent weeks sifting through the many, many daycares but none seemed to grab our attention. A friend recommended me to check out Play Academy; best choice ever made! The staff is exceptionally nice and educated, and work great with children. The owner is one of the nicest women I have ever met, and her own mother is the cook. Nice home cooked meals, colorful, joyous rooms, and extremely nice people make Play Academy #1 in my book! Since I enrolled last year, I have suggested to 4 of my friends to enroll their children, and they did, and they absolutely love it also!

If you are looking for safe, loving and educational child care, I STRONGLY recommend Play Academy!

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Where Life Begins with the Love of Learning

Regular Hours
Mon - Fri:
Sat - SunClosed
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Fax line: 440-460-1732

Day Care
Payment method
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Highland Heights
We pride ourselves in helping children grow and learn as individuals.  Our curriculum is aligned with the Ohio Standards and we use High Scope curriculum in all classrooms from infants up to the Pre-K classroom.
English, Russian

Four - Star Award Winner (Five-Star Quality Rating System)

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