Brightside Academy Ohio 
Child Care in Ridge Road Cleveland, Ohio

Experience the best child care in Ridge Road in Cleveland with Brightside Ohio!

The Brightside Academy has become Cleveland’s best child care provider through integrated learning programs and teachers that care. This has helped us create fun and rewarding educational opportunities for children from infants to twelve years old.

Brightside Academy-Ridge Road is an accredited Cleveland child care and school readiness provider in West Side. Most of our families have been here for 5+ years. The location has a real close, family feel to it. We service children from six weeks to 12-years-old and are conveniently located near Ocean Dental, Neighborhood Family Practice, and Dave’s Supermarket. 

Additionally, we offer a bilingual teaching environment and a four-star Step Up to Quality center. With a caring staff, and a safe, nurturing environment, we help children from all walks of life succeed. 

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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

3545 Ridge Road Cleveland, OH 44102 | 216-631-6860

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday | 6:00am – 6:30pm 


Our Program

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Children are born eager to learn. Brightside Academy’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 Ridge Road is open from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm and always always friendly, clean, and inviting. Our location is convenient to families working in or commuting through the area. RTA buses have stops near the academy.

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