Awards

The Accolades Bestowed on Founder and Child Care Center

North Coast 99North Coast ‘99

Creative Playrooms is proud to have been nominated by its employees as one of the 99 Best Places to Work in Northeast Ohio, and even prouder to receive the distinction of winning in 2000 and 2001.


Entrepreneur of the Year – Joan Wenk
Small Business News magazine named Creative Playrooms founder, Joan Wenk, as a finalist for its Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2000.


Child Care Business All Stars
The December 2002 issue of Child Care Business Magazine recognized Creative Playrooms as the 14th largest center in the United States.The December 2002 issue of Child Care Business Magazine recognized Creative Playrooms as the 14th largest center in the United States.


The Exchange Top 40 Designation
In January 2003, Creative Playrooms received national recognition as one of the Top 40 Largest for Profit Child Care Organizations in North AmericaIn January 2003, Creative Playrooms received national recognition as one of the Top 40 Largest for Profit Child Care Organizations in North America, as published in Child Care Information Exchange Magazine. It’s ranking as #27 distinguished Creative Playrooms as the largest privately owned for Profit chain in Ohio.


Solon Chamber of Commerce Proclamation
Creative Playrooms was honored by the Solon Chamber of Commerce for winning the 2008 Business of the Year Award.Creative Playrooms was honored by the Solon Chamber of Commerce for winning the 2008 Business of the Year Award.


U.S. Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Success Award
009 U.S. Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Success Award from the Cleveland District Office for the State of Ohio.Joan Wenk, M.S. Ed., President & CEO of Creative Playrooms Montessori & Child Care Centers, was awarded the 2009 U.S. Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Success Award from the Cleveland District Office for the State of Ohio.


“I brought the bank a business plan, a lot of prayer and hope.”

Creative Playrooms, a childcare center, has locations in Maple Heights, Solon, Westlake, Strongsville, Independence, and Parma.

Ms. Wenk established the business in 1968 in Maple Heights.