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Potential Made Possible

4710 Timber Trail Drive
Middletown, Ohio 45044

Early Childhood Learning Center

Unique Childcare Center located in Middletown, Ohio


Abilities First provides an inclusive environment where children with special needs and children who are developing typically learn alongside one another and develop caring relationships.  Congratulations to Abilities First for earning a four star quality rating from the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. 

See the Journal News story by Michael D. Clark. Click here.

Infant and Toddler Program

We follow a primary care-giving model in our Infant and Toddler classrooms. Primary care giving provides infants and toddlers with the opportunity to develop a close, trusting relationship with a consistent caregiver who knows the child and family well.
The preschool classrooms are set up for the children to learn as they explore the different centers in the environment. Our teachers work with the children in small groups so they can meet each child at their own developmental level and help them prepare for kindergarten.
School Age Program
We offer both before and after school care for school-agers up to 5th grade. We have incorporated the K-12 guidelines into our school age program to reinforce the skills our children are learning at school.                                                                                

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The Creative Curriculum

Teachers use the Creative Curriculum to plan activities for their primary group as well as create individual plans for each child. This curriculum provides teachers with a clear way to apply child development and learning theories to their everyday work with their students. With the Creative Curriculum, we are able to meet the needs of children with a broad range of abilities. Children with different learning styles and needs are able to function together in a well- organized environment. When planning our teachers focus on six developmental areas as they plan for the children: physical health, emotional development, social development, motor development, language and communication development, and cognitive development.

Step up to Quality is Ohio’s rating system for childcare centers. Participation means that the ECLC has gone beyond meeting the basic needs of children. Abilities First offers a program with lower staff to child ratios which provides more one-on-one time for each child to address their individual learning needs.

  • The ECLC Director and at least half of lead teachers have credentials or a degree in Early Childhood Education, and complete continuing education each year.


Inclusive Environment

  • Individualized lesson planning for all children so their developmental and learning needs are addressed.
  • Priority enrollment for children with special needs in all age groups.
  • Availability of on-site pediatric speech, occupational and physical therapy for children during their scheduled time in the center. On-site nurses are also available.
  • A team approach to the management of children with special needs including families, schools, community support agencies and Abilities First personnel.
  • Free therapy screening to any child enrolled in the center when a parent has developmental concerns.
  • Routine classroom screenings for all children within the first 60 days of enrollment and repeated twice throughout the year to monitor progress.
  • Parent-Teacher conferences are held quarterly where parents and teachers work together to create goals for their children.

For further information or to schedule a tour contact, call Brittany at 513-423-9496 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Supported by United Way of Greater Cincinnati and United Way of Warren County.


Abilities First Development Department offers a number of ways you can support local children and adults with disabilities.

Please contact Development Department at 513-423-9496 if you have any questions.
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About Us

From birth through life, Abilities First of Middletown and Franklin, Ohio provides a broad array of individual and group programs for children and adults with disabilities.  

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Services for Children

Potential is Made Possible through our coordinated services - Autism Learning Center, Free Therapy Screenings, Pediatric Therapies, and Integrated Early Childhood Learning.

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Services for Adults

Adult independent living skills are an important aspect of creating a fulfilling life. Our residential and adult day programs provide a place of security, acceptance and a sense of belonging.

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Get Involved

We need YOU to help support local children and adults with disabilities. Donate to our mission, volunteer at one of our locations or special events, advocate for people with disabilities.