Superintendent's Office
Office of the Superintendent
Barberton City Schools
479 Norton Avenue
Barberton, Ohio 44203

Mrs. Patricia Cleary
Phone: (330) 753-1025
Fax Line: (330) 848-0884

Mrs. Kelly Garrett
Administrative Assistant, Superintendent
Phone: (330) 753-1025 ext 13124
Fax Line: (330) 848-0884
Superintendent's Message
May 2017

Barberton City Schools will open its own preschool
Patti Cleary
Barberton City Schools will offer for the first time, a preschool program totally under the School District’s umbrella at the Decker building on Brady Avenue. The Barberton Head Start program, run by Akron Summit Community Action will move its preschool to the former Woodford building on State Street.
Head Start will continue to have a strong partnership with BCSD and we will still provide services at their new location for our students with disabilities who are enrolled in Head Start.
The expansion of preschool services for the City of Barberton has been needed for many years. Through the work of the Barberton Community Foundation’s Educational Excellence Committee, we have learned that only 37% of four-year-olds in Barberton attend preschool. That compares to 50% of children in Summit County. We believe that this participation is low because of the lack of affordable preschool seats in Barberton.
The BCF committee also looked at research that shows that for every dollar spent on early childhood education, there is a $7 to $10 return on investment to benefit the community. The Foundation and Barberton Schools found this to be a very important area to focus our attention, both now and in the future.
Our new preschool will begin with a pilot program opening this September at the Decker building. Through state and federal grant funding, we will offer this program free of charge for families who financially qualify, and on a sliding scale tuition for those families who earn more.
Our goal is to offer a high-quality, affordable preschool that will help children easily transition to kindergarten. Our program, taught by experienced, fully-certified Barberton City Schools’ teachers, will include academics and social skills taught through play, and will be based on a philosophy of child-centered exploration and discovery.
We have limited space for next school year, so if you are interested in learning more, please call Kelly Garrett at 330-753-1025 ext. 13124 or email her at
We will also have a table to hand out information at the upcoming Magical Beginnings Fair at Lake Anna YMCA on Tuesday, May 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you have a child, ages 0-5, you won’t want to miss all the great free resources and information for parents. There will be activities for the children and a pizza lunch provided for all at about 11:15, funded by the Barberton Community Foundation and Summit Education Initiative.
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