Children Deserve A Lead Safe Future

The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition, in partnership with nonprofit child care resource and referral agency Starting Point, seeks to recruit 30 child care centers or home based child care providers for participation in the Lead Safe Child Care Pilot Program. The Program includes three (3) major phases, each designed to aid providers who need it most.


A total of 30 child care centers or home-based child care facilities built prior to 1978 will be selected to participate in the pilot program. Providers located in priority neighborhoods will be given priority. 


The phase involves vetted, EPA-certified Lead Safe workers who will identify and remediate lead hazards via renovation, repair, and painting (RRP) projects. If remediation work creates the need for temporary relocation, Starting Point will help to identify temporary classroom space.


Starting Point’s Early Education Specialists and Family and Community Engagement team deliver support to participating child care providers and their families. Plus, Starting Point’s community partners offer a wide range of services, from blood lead level testing to developmental screenings.


Child care providers located in neighborhoods where testing has shown that 7% or more of children aged 0-6 have elevated lead blood levels (EBLL) will receive access first.

Support for Providers

The Lead Safe Child Care Program will provide child care providers with lead assessment  and remediation services.

Neighborhood TierRange (EBLL Positive)
Tier 115-17%
Tier 211-14%
Tier 38-10%
Tier 44-7%
Tier 51-3%

(1) Priority neighborhoods are defined as neighborhoods that have been documented as having > 7% of children ages 0-6 tested with elevated blood levels (EBLL). (2) This data was sourced from the Lead Safe Cleveland Coaliton Data Dashboard, operated by Case Western Reserve University’s Poverty Center LSCC Dashboard.


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

Learn More About Screening And Testing

  • 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.