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All About Us

A hive full of
brighter futures

Since Clever Bee Academy first opened its doors in 2001, we’ve been committed to stimulating the spirit of learning in infants to preteens. Our dedication to this cause has led to opening 13 academies across Ohio—in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo, featuring HeadStart, Pre4Cle and Step-Up-To-Quality credentials.

About Clever Bee Academy

Clever Bee Academy opened our first Ohio location in Cleveland in Dec., 2001. Today we proudly have academies in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo for a total of 13 locations dedicated to providing high-quality child care, preschool, and school readiness programs to the communities we serve.

Our leadership team

Clever Bee Academy is a child care company made up of strong, talented individuals, starting from the leadership team. Knowing that people learn the most in childhood, our entire team, from leaders to teachers and staff, work hard to provide all families access to an excellent educational and child care experience. Guided by strong principles and genuine passion, we make sure that all children enrolled in our preschool and child care programs in Ohio experience the Clever Bee Academy difference.

Also, be part of our team of passionate professionals! We have teaching programs to guide you on your journey. Contact us to know more about career opportunities that are extremely fun and rewarding!

Ezra Beren - CEO & President
Ezra Beren

CEO & President

Monty Stefansky - COO
Monty Stefansky


Cherry Orlina - VP of Human Resources and Operations
Cherry Orlina

VP of Human Resources
and Operations

Katherine Maccagnone - Executive Director – Toledo Head Start
Katherine Maccagnone

Executive Director – Toledo
Head Start

Darnisha Allen - Director of Education and SUTQ Licensing
Darnisha Allen

Director of Education and
SUTQ Licensing

Esra Cardace

Regional Vice President

Courtney Harris - Marketing & Enrollment Director
Courtney Harris

Marketing & Enrollment

Jill Bowe - District Manager – Columbus Region & Harrisburg Pike
Jill Bowe

District Manager – Columbus Region & Harrisburg Pike

Sara Michael - Director of Education & Curriculum Quality
Sara Michael

Director of Education & Curriculum Quality

Stefanie Farkas

Clinical Director of Inclusion

At Clever Bee Academy, our core focus revolves around the student, guided by our steadfast belief that every child is entitled to exceptional education and nurturing. Our mission remains dedicated to illuminating a brighter tomorrow from today's foundation. A visit to our premises guarantees a transformative experience.

Delivered within a secure setting, our top-tier early childhood education, childcare, and preschool initiatives are infused with empathy and understanding. The deliberate placement of our Academies underscores our commitment to serving children who might otherwise lack access to such enriching programs.

Mission and core values

Clever Bee Academy maintains an unwavering dedication to attaining the utmost excellence benchmarks within every state of operation. Numerous of our centers have garnered impressive ratings through state-driven initiatives aimed at enhancing early childhood education, exemplified by Ohio's Step Up to Quality program.

Our team members possess professional training and qualifications that make them adept in the realms of childcare and early education. We are proud to have a roster of skilled academy managers and teaching experts, many of whom hold degrees in early childhood education. Adhering to foundational state prerequisites, we ensure that each staff member is hired with the appropriate qualifications. To foster continuous growth, we equip our staff with ongoing opportunities for professional development, perpetually enhancing their skills and methodologies to optimize children's learning experiences.

Convenient locations and great education

Clever Bee Academy Ohio operates 13 locations throughout Ohio, including two in Akron, four in Cleveland, four in Columbus, and three in Toledo. For your convenience, our academies are found near schools, public transportation, convenience stores, and other local amenities. Accommodating hours of operation help ensure your child is learning and being cared for when you need it most. Some elements of our nurturing environment include:



Secure entrances and exits, sign-in and sign-out journals, dedicated janitorial and maintenance techs.

See our programs

Classroom layout

 Education suites, educational and age appropriate learning and play supplies, books, blocks, sand and art materials; appropriate teacher to student ratios.

Purposeful play

Purposeful play

Indoor and/or outdoor gyms; creative and engaging activities.

Family partnerships

Family partnerships

Collaborative, positive relationship between teachers, children and families; experienced academy leadership; family communication and feedback processes.

All round development and education for children

What sets us apart from typical child care services is our commitment to serving children of all families with quality preschool and school readiness programs. Our modern facilities, nutritious menus, and qualified staff members create a stimulating learning environment to foster your child’s development.

At Clever Bee Academy, our curriculum is meticulously designed by educational experts to cater to the holistic development of every child. From cognitive to creative learning, our programs ensure that children are prepared not just academically but also socially and emotionally for the challenges ahead.

Our academy prides itself on its esteemed credentials. Every educator at Clever Bee Academy is certified and undergoes regular training to stay updated with the latest in early childhood education. Our accreditations from recognized bodies stand testament to our commitment to quality.

Every Clever Bee Academy center is designed to be a haven of learning. With interactive classrooms, state-of-the-art learning tools, and safe play areas, we ensure that children are always in an environment that stimulates curiosity and learning.

Nutrition plays a pivotal role in a child's growth. At Clever Bee Academy, we offer balanced and nutritious meals prepared under hygienic conditions. Our menu is crafted by nutritionists to ensure that every child gets the right amount of nutrients to fuel their day.

We believe in the power of collaboration. Our partnerships with parents, local communities, and educational bodies ensure that every child gets a well-rounded education. Regular parent-teacher meetings, community events, and feedback sessions are integral to our collaborative approach.

At Clever Bee Academy, we value the trust our parents place in us. Our referral program is our way of saying thanks. Every time you refer a friend or family member to our academy, both you and the referred party receive benefits as a token of our appreciation.

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Finding a new childcare provider is a big decision! Picking the best center for both their development and the well-being of your family might feel overwhelming. We’re here to help make this decision a bit easier. Schedule a tour to view our locations and talk to our educators.

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