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Ridge Road • Cleveland

Experience the best child care at
Ridge Road

The Clever Bee Academy proudly offers programs for children in Cleveland ranging from infant day care all the way to summer camp programs. With a caring staff, in a nurturing environment, we’re proud to help all children grow. With that in mind, we accept various forms of payment.

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About Ridge Road

Experience the best child care in Ridge Road in Cleveland!

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

Clever Bee Academy-Ridge Road is an accredited Cleveland child care and school readiness provider in the 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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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.

Clever Bee 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.

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

Our child care programs on Ridge Road in Cleveland, OH

Children are born eager to learn. Clever Bee Academy’s program helps lead children to their full potential and prepares them for success in school and beyond. Kids enrolled at Clever Bee Academy – Ridge Road receive FREE diapers and wipes while attending the academy!

Infant Program

6 weeks to 17 months

Infants are born ready to learn and explore the world! Our infant child care classrooms are where child care begins and where your baby develops into a curious and active child. Purposeful play is integrated into every lesson to ensure your infant begins their path to learning with constructive and fun activities.



18 months to 3 years

Toddlers are always on the go! Our toddler classrooms provide a safe environment where your child can explore and learn. Teachers promote self-care skills such as feeding, cleaning, and dressing. As you would expect from the best toddlers schools in the state, Clever Bee Academy Ohio will support your child’s large motor development and hand-eye coordination through a variety of activities such as kicking balls, tossing, writing, drawing, and lacing. Ultimately, we help prepare toddlers for the more challenging preschool programs.



3 to 4 years old

Welcome to Clever Bee Academy’s preschool program! Our preschool classrooms provide daytime child care to meet children’s needs for continued growth and preparation into a key transition – entering kindergarten at the end of the program. We believe that preschool programs promote a healthy adjustment in this period, helping build healthy transitions and attachments in the future.



5 to 12 years old

More than 70 percent of U.S. children have parents who work away from home, leaving 15 million youth unsupervised by adults when the school day ends. With Clever Bee Academy’s before and after-school care program, your kids can enjoy a safe environment to develop in as they wait for you before and after school.


Summer camp

June to August

Our summer camp program provides a variety of hands-on experiences that encourage critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, creativity, and collaboration. Enriching teacher-led projects stimulate child discovery through small and large group activities.

Summer camp

Before-and-after school Care

5 to 12 years old

Our program supports busy families with adult supervision and child care for their children when they are not in school.

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