Cleveland ARTS Education Consortium (CAEC)

Starting Point

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4600 Euclid Avenue, Suite 500
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
(216) 575-0061

Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Billie Osborne-Fears, CEO
Vet Nixon, OST Program Specialist
Debra Fodge, Assistant Director
Natasha Need, Consumer Education & Referral Specialist

Starting Point is Northeast Ohio’s child care, early education and out-of-school time resource and referral agency; serving families, youth, professionals and the community.  Starting Point links families to programs and services that meet their children’s early care/education and related needs, and strengthens to community’s capacity to respond to those needs.

Starting Point is the lead agency in the MyCom network focused on out-of-school time activities.  Starting Point promotes youth access to fun, safe and inexpensive programs and activities beyond the school day.  These activities are diverse and may include athletics, visual and performing arts, character education, college access, service-learning, life skills, social support, career exploration and tutoring.

Starting Point develops the repository of information for out-of-school time services and activities for youth, identifies gaps and barriers to services, provides technical assistance and professional development to organizations to increase the quality of programs in our community, and expands services through the management of funded Out-of-School Time Expanded Learning Opportunities programs serving youth K – 12.