Brightside Academy Ohio 
Frederick Blvd. – Akron, Ohio

As a five star rated child care and school readiness provider, rated by Step Up to Quality, the Brightside Academy is proud to offer it’s services in west Akron. We’re here for children from six- to 12-years-old and are conveniently located near Hawkins Plaza, House of the Lord, McDonald’s, Burger King, Washland Car Washes, and Imagine Academy. With an educated and caring staff, we provide a safe and nurturing environment and we proudly accept Title XX and private pay.

Meet Our Director

My name is Deborah Balch. I am very excited to be part of the Brightside “family”.

A little about me…I started my career in the helping field over 25 years ago. I began working with children and adults with disabilities. Assisting these individuals to have the best quality of life was my primary focus. I stm1ed out as a Direct Care staff working in group home settings while I was pursuing my BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. I spent time in various positions, management, and case management during my early career. I have a great deal of experience and PASSION for working with people who depend on others, especially children.

I started as a School Age Lead teacher. This endeavor became the steppingstone for me to take on an Assistant Director position and within a year I was selected to stm1 a child care / day care center for the company I was working for. I have spent many hours working with a curriculum that is age appropriate. I am familiar with Licensing staff and working on gaining stars through the Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) program. I have a PASSION for providing the BEST quality of care to children when their parents are not available. I will guarantee to give 100% to my position to make sure that individual needs are met. I will ensure that I will provide the best care possible to your child while they are in the care of Brightside staff.

My GOAL is that your children will be so happy and content that when you come to pick them up, they will not want to go home.

Deborah can be reached at

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Your Brightside Academy

1585 Frederick Boulevard Akron, OH 44320 | 330-835-9560

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday | 6:00am – 6:30pm


Before and After School Transportation

We currently transport our school-agers to the following schools:

  • Schumacher Elementary
  • Crouse Elementary
  • Pfieffer Elementary
  • Helen Arnold
  • St. Mary’s
  • Imagine

Our Program

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Children are born eager to learn. Brightside Academy Ohio’s curriculum helps lead children to their full potential and prepares them for success in school and beyond.

Our kindergarten readiness programs teach age-appropriate lessons that encourage development in a safe and nurturing environment. Trained and experienced teachers care for and educate infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in the areas of reading, math,

communication and exploration daily.

School-age children benefit from before- and after-school care in a supervised and enriching environment and from a fun summer camp program when school is not in session.


Brightside Academy Ohio-Frederick is open from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm. Our location is convenient to working parents and families. Our building is right off the highway for easy drop-offs and pick-ups while commuting to work. In addition, COTA buses with routes traveling through South Hawkins Rd. and Diagonal Rd. service the area..

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For your convenience Brightside Academy accepts various forms of payment including government programs like Title XX. We also accept cash, money orders, and credit cards.