About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to make Agape Academy your preferred early learning child care provider by delivering flexible hours, affordable prices, enrichment classes, and exceptional service by consistently fulfilling our promise to demonstrate love to our families.

Licensing

Agape Academy is licensed by the Ohio Department of Human Services. The license is posted in the main office. The ODJFS rules and regulations are available in the office as well. The Center’s licensing record, including compliance report forms and evaluation forms from the Health Building and Fire Departments are available upon request from the Department. The Department of Human Service’s toll free number is 1(866) 886-3537 for anyone to use to report a suspected violation by the center. Locally, call (614) 219-1527.

The license capacity in each age group of the center is as follows:
52 children under 2 1/2 and 121 over 2 1/2.

Center Hours

Monday –Friday      5 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday                    9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Holidays Closed

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Office Hours

The Center’s office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Our telephone number is (614) 219-1527.

The Center observes the state required staff/child ratios

Frequently Asked Questions

Quality of Supervision

Christina is the Director and has her CDA, Associate Degree in Applied Sciences, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health & Human Services with a minor in Business. She possesses Step Up To Quality Career pathway level 3 along with 8 years of opening, owning and operating multiple sites.

“Agape Academy was established to provide quality, loving care for children ages infant through school age. We recognize the importance of balanced growth so we provide opportunities for mental, physical and emotional growth through a variety of creative experiences. Our Children are encouraged to learn and explore at their own pace in areas that interest them. We are pleased that you have chosen to include us in the growth and development of your children.”

-Christina Santos

All teachers have or are working on achieving a minimum of a CDA Certificate. Most of the lead teachers have degrees/certificate of a related field or they are currently enrolled in a degree program. All staff members are required to complete 15 clock hours of training annually. In addition, our teachers participate in 2 In-service trainings during our Spring and Fall quarters.

Yes, Agape faculty are required to follow the state regulations that apply to training. All staff are trained in First Aid/CPR, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention, and Child Abuse Awareness. Additional training in curriculum, child development, classroom arrangement, classroom management, age-appropriate activities, nutrition, field trip planning and OSHA regulations provide the skills needed to create a quality learning environment. The staff is also encouraged to further their education through a variety of Early Childhood Programs and are given opportunities to attend professional training conferences.

Negative punishment of any kind is prohibited. Teachers address behavior issues by using positive reinforcement, encouragement, and redirection and by making sure they plan a variety of engaging activities.

No, however we do utilize the BrightWheel app and each classroom has its own email to provide parent to teacher communication. provide “Love shots” of our children when requested. We also provide Daily Sheets on what our children do daily. We encourage parents to come in and visit us at any time.

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Growth & Learning

All rooms are equipped with puzzles, books, art materials, a writing center, blocks, dramatic play, and a natural science area. The materials are organized and refurbished according to interests. In addition, we offer an expressive arts class weekly.

All classrooms for infants and toddlers are equipped with a variety of toys and manipulatives including cause and effect toys. Shelves are stocked with multiples of popular toys to promote parallel play and to reduce conflict. Infant/toddler classrooms are all equipped with sensory tables for water and sand play.

We use weekly lesson plans to promote individualized growth and development.

Teachers engage children in conversation all day long. They narrate activities and encourage children to verbalize what they are doing and thinking. Teachers listen to children and provide opportunities for them to express themselves. They ask questions designed to expand their vocabulary and deepen their understanding of concepts. Open ended questions spark conversation and encourage children to listen to themselves and to each other.

Every classroom has a rich collection of nonfiction and fiction children’s literature. Teachers read aloud to children individually and in small groups every day. Teachers select books related to themes but also allow children to select books from their preferred titles. Reading and rereading books provides a critical foundation for literacy. Children are also encouraged to write and use a variety of artistic materials to express their ideas. In addition, we offer an on site library for our children to continue to build a firm literacy foundation.

Meals, Health & Safety

No food is stored in the classroom. All food is prepared and delivered to the classroom in safe, temperature controlled kitchen carts. All kitchen employees are trained using Safe Serve. Infants are served whole milk in partnership with parents. Children 2 years of age and older drink 2% milk. In accordance with the recommendations of the American Pediatric Association, Agape does not serve juice. We serve fresh fruits and vegetables in season and prefer frozen to canned alternatives. Our meals and snacks meet or exceed recommended guidelines for healthy eating and are prepared from scratch in our kitchen. Our Menu’s encourage children to try a variety of foods in order to develop healthy appetites.

No food is stored in the classroom. All food is prepared and delivered to the classroom in safe, temperature controlled kitchen carts. All kitchen employees are trained using Safe Serve. Infants are whole milk in partnership with parents. Children 2 years of age and older drink 2% milk. In accordance with the recommendations of the American Pediatric Association, Agape does not serve juice. We serve fresh fruits and vegetables in season and prefer frozen to canned alternatives. Our meals and snacks meet or exceed recommended guidelines for healthy eating and are prepared from scratch in our kitchen. Our Menu’s encourage children to try a variety of foods in order to develop healthy appetites.

Adults and children wash their hands as they enter the classroom, before eating, before and after changing or toileting, before handling food and before and after playing in sand and water tables.
Hand washing signs are displayed near all sinks and on the doors to each classroom to remind parents, teachers and children to wash their hands often.

All surfaces are cleaned using bleach solution and soapy water before and after food preparation.

Yes, our school is equipped with a large outside play area. We also provide lawn play for our children. The children have scheduled times in the morning and the afternoon to explore their outside world. Our playground is nature driven with minimum commercial products. We encourage our children to dream and imagine while playing.

Agape follows all of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services licensing requirements.

Yes. All teachers and staff are required to maintain all ODJFS required trainings.

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Logistics

Yes, we have a school bus with seat belts to transport children to and from school.

Yes, school lists are finalized at the beginning of each school year.

Yes, our buses are available for area field trips. We transport children who meet the state age requirements. These children are given opportunities to see their community and other places of interest year round. Whether it is the local grocery store, the petting zoo, the library, or entertainment places such as roller skating, bowling or putt-putt golf, we provide fun and learning for the children and guarantee the maximum safety for parents’ peace of mind.