Program participants receive access to vetted Lead Safe Workers and grant funding up to $12,000, along with step-by-step support from the team at Starting Point in partnership with the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition.

If you’re ready to get started, apply below to participate in our Pilot Program by July 17, 2024
Or, contact the child care specialists at Starting Point for help preparing for the next Program application window opening later this year.


Here’s what participants can expect during each of the Lead Safe Child Care Program’s five (5) core phases:


  • Providers must download and complete a Program Application, and, if renting space as a tenant, a Property Owner Consent Form.
  • Applications and associated forms must be submitted online via our secure DropBox link, delivered in person, or mailed to Starting Point (6001 Euclid Ave, STE 200).
  • Applications for the Pilot Program will be accepted until July 17, 2024. After that, providers may apply to participate in the Program’s next round, which will open later this year.

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  • A certified Lead Risk Assessor will inspect each child care site for lead hazards, including deteriorating lead-based paint.
  • Paint samples such as chips and/or dust may be collected for laboratory testing.
  • Assessments may be scheduled during or outside of operating hours.



  • Vetted Lead Safe Workers will remediate all lead hazards using EPA-certified Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) practices.
  • Eligible repairs may include renovating or replacing windows, doors, drawers, cabinets, and ground surfaces such as carpeting and vinyl flooring.
  • Starting Point will manage the entire construction process, including the hiring of all Lead Safe Workers. 



  • Once remediation work is complete, each site must pass a Lead Clearance Exam performed by a certified Lead Clearance Technician.
  • During the Exam, Technicians will conduct a visual inspection, take photos, and collect dust samples.
  • To pass a Lead Clearance Exam, sites must be free of lead hazards including dust, debris, and deteriorating paint as confirmed by a dust wipe analysis. 



  • Starting Point's early education specialists and family and community engagement teams are available to support child care providers and the families they serve before, during, and after the Program.
  • Starting Point will refer providers who participate in the Program to residents in search of a Lead Safe place to care for their children.
  • To help keep child care sites Lead Safe post-remediation, providers will have access to no-cost training and educational resources via the Coalition.


If you are a Cleveland-based child care provider interested in participating in the Lead Safe Child Care Program, here’s how to apply:

  1. Download the Program Application 
  2. Complete the forms using your computer or smartphone and save them to your device.
    1. If your child care facility is located inside a rental property, you must also download a Property Owner Consent Form and provide it to your property owner for completion.
  3. Next, upload your digital Program Application and, if necessary, your Property Owner Consent Form here.
    1. Please include copies of the following, as outlined in the Program Application: photo ID (applicant only), a signed lease agreement (if operating in a rental property), and any available building blueprints or floor plans.

You may also print and complete your Program Application and associated forms by hand and either mail or submit them in person to: Starting Point, 6001 Euclid Ave, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44103


Child Care Program Application

Property Owner Consent Form

Program Application Upload Link



If you have questions or need help with your application, please contact: 
Michele King, Lead Safe Child Care Manager 216.575.0061 (EXT: 512)

Child Care Program FAQs

Lead is an environmental toxin that affects the brain, heart, bones, kidneys, and nervous system. Lead poses prenatal risks as well, such as miscarriage, malformations, reduced fetal growth, premature birth, stillbirth, and low birth weight. Even low levels of lead exposure can cause neurological damage and impact academic performance due to impaired memory and executive function, depression, anxiety, or hyperactivity.

Cleveland children under age 6 have elevated blood levels four times the national average. Because the effects of lead poisoning are irreversible, it is crucial to prevent childhood lead exposure before harm occurs by removing lead hazards. Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings are by far the most common form of lead exposure for children in Cleveland.

Learn More About Sources of Lead Exposure

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  • A government issued ID from the applicant
  • Most recent 990 (non profit) or last two years of tax returns (for profit). 
  • Property tax bill for property owners OR a signed lease agreement for renters
  • Written property owner consent and contact information for renters 
  • Rental registration certificate (for rental properties)
  • Completed w-9
  • Building blueprints or floorplan if accessible

You are eligible to apply if you operate a child care program (day care, pre-school, etc.) in the City of Cleveland that serves children aged 0-5 in a facility (home, storefront, commercial, etc) that was built prior to 1978.

Eligible repairs include lead interim control improvements, such as remediation and clearance. Remediation practices that are included in this work include repairs such as paint stabilization, surface treatments to minimize friction or prevent impact, floor treatment and coverings, and window and door replacements. 

Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) workers and/or Lead Abatement Workers will be hired by Starting Point to complete the lead safe work in these facilities. 

While the Lead Safe Child Care Program and other Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition Programs share the same funding source (the Lead Safe Home Fund), the Lead Safe Child Care Program is separate from the lead safe grants offered through Coalition partners (which are marketed to homeowners that are required to obtain a Lead Safe Certification from the City of Cleveland or want to make their homes lead safe).

If the child care program that you are applying for is located in a residential rental unit in Cleveland, the building owner will have to comply with the Lead Safe Certification Law. Learn more about the Lead Safe Certification Law here.

Providers that participate in the Lead Safe Child Care Program will not be eligible to participate in other lead safe grant programs that are supported by the Lead Safe Home Fund.

No, Starting Point will hire and manage contractors throughout this process.

Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) work typically includes lead safe interim controls that include specialized cleaning, repairs, maintenance, painting, and temporary containment. Some examples of work that may be done based on a lead risk assessment include:

  • Window, door, and stair treatment: wet scraping peeling paint, paint stabilization, window and door replacement, replacing hinges, carpeting
  • Drawer and cabinet treatment: replacing cabinet doors or paint stripping, rubber bumper installation at hinge points, re-painting
  • Floors and other surface treatment: stabilizing paint on porches, decks, interior floors with abrasion resistant paint or polyurethane, carpeting or vinyl

Our goal in this process is to prevent this from happening at. We will explore solutions to this based on the typology of the facility. Some of the solutions include operating out of different spaces in the facility when feasible, completing the remediation on afternoons and weekends, or scheduling during a time the program is already scheduled to be closed. In the event these options are not feasible, we are prepared to offer stipends and/or temporary relocation costs and assistance to providers.

Yes. While the intent is to avoid the need for temporary relocation at all costs, there may be unique situations where this is necessary, in which Starting Point will offer support for relocation costs. 

It is our goal to prevent the need for providers to temporarily relocate their families during remediation periods. We will explore solutions to this based on the remediation needs of the home. Some of the solutions include limiting access to areas of the home being remediated when feasible, or scheduling during a time the residents will be away from home. In the event these options are not feasible, we are prepared to offer stipends and/or temporary relocation costs and assistance to providers and their families.

Providers will have access to training through organizations such as the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRA) that will increase their ability to identify lead hazards, understand mitigation, list support and resources available, identify impact on child learning development, and know what to share with parents. Throughout the pilot period, Starting Point will explore and add professional development opportunities to the program as they are identified. 

Scheduling for lead risk assessments will be on a case-by-case basis that will depend on the availability of staff and lead risk assessors. It is possible that lead assessments will be completed during operating hours. It is safe and within the Ohio Department of Job and Family Service (ODJFS) compliance to perform assessments and inspections during child care operating hours. Lead risk assessments are mostly visual and may include paint sampling in which an assessor collects paint chips and/or dust samples to be sent to a lead testing lab.