Brilliant Start Academy

Amherst’s Premier Childcare and Preschool

Every child deserves a Brilliant Start.

Amherst’s Only 5-Star Licensed Child Care Center

Every child deserves to learn and explore the world around them. At Brilliant Start Academy, we create a fun and nurturing learning environment where young children develop the emotional, intellectual, social, and physical skills for a lifetime of learning and exploring.

Located in Amherst, OH, our child care center and preschool serves families throughout Lorain County and the surrounding area. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

Discover. Play. Learn. Explore.

We welcome children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. We invite parents to take a look around our website and call us to schedule a tour of our facility.

Parents can access forms and view additional paperwork on our Parent Portal

Committed to Early Education Excellence

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Creative Curriculum®, a research based curriculum aligned to the Ohio standards, is used in our learning environment.

Screenings & assessments are done for every child. We do not differentiate between child care & preschool.

Our team of lead teachers, assistant teachers, & administrators complete a minimum of 10 hours of annual instruction.

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Growing, Learning & Exploring Together

Every day at Brilliant Start Academy, we foster curiosity, creativity, independence, and a lifelong desire to learn in all of our children. Your child’s progress and educational experience is unique, and our team looks forward to being a part of your child’s journey.

About Us

Brilliant Start Academy is a unique child care facility where an emphasis is placed on total child development. We believe in learning through play and view all activities as educational opportunities.

The supportive learning environment at Brilliant Start Academy emphasizes intellectual, emotional, physical, and social skills throughout your child’s day. We accept children from 6 weeks to 12 years old. Research-based curriculum is implemented in every classroom. Every child in our center has a rewarding, enriching, and nurturing learning experience in our education center.

Our Philosophy

At Brilliant Start Academy, we believe that all children have the right to learn! Therefore, all childcare tuition includes preschool curriculum and activities for your child. All children, including infants and toddlers, are involved in learning activities throughout the day in our center led by qualified teaching staff.

We strive to achieve a fun learning environment that allows children to grow emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually. We believe that children should be allowed to explore the world around them in order to define and develop interests throughout their educational experience.

Brilliant Start Academy also believes that the school should be an extension of home. Children should feel the same sense of security and comfort in school that they feel in their own homes. Our program promotes the development of self-esteem, social interaction, and emotional well-being. Our staff is trained to handle situations in a nurturing and caring manner to promote self-worth and to instill productive conflict-resolution skills in the students.

Non-discrimination Statement

Brilliant Start Academy adheres to a strict nondiscrimination policy.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Have questions? Want to schedule a tour? Reach out to us!

Brilliant Start Academy
901 Liberty Bell Drive
Amherst, OH 44001

Phone: 440-960-0777
Fax: 440-960-0778


Monday - Friday:
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM     
Saturday - Sunday: