Ronald McDonald STAR Centers

Family Support in Outpatient Facilities

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It’s a familiar sight: Caregivers trying to focus on a child’s, or their own, medical treatment while also caring for young children accompanying them. In some cases, this can be a significant barrier to receiving the best care or making the most informed decisions. Ronald McDonald STAR Centers now provide support in two area outpatient clinics so caregivers can attend to what matters most: family health and well-being.

STAR (Support, Teaching, Awareness and Resources) Centers are designed to provide a fun and welcoming learning environment for children while their family members receive focused outpatient care. Children visiting the Centers are given learning activities and mini educational lessons to promote future healthy habits and well-being. Helpful tips, tools and resources are also shared with caregivers to help foster positive family interactions and healthy child development. Families are also given information about using the free Ronald McDonald Family Resource Link,, which offers a comprehensive collection of organizations, tools, guides and events to help families navigate through challenges.

Ronald McDonald STAR Centers are located at the UH Rainbow Center for Women and Children and the new Cleveland Clinic Children’s outpatient center. STAR Center time slots are available by reservation for children during their family member’s scheduled appointments at the facility.* Caregivers can turn their full attention to the patient, knowing that the whole family is being supported by the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.

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*Age and time limits vary by location.

For questions about the STAR Centers, please contact Alisa Powell-Stovall, Ronald McDonald House Director of Community Program Operations, (216) 229-5757 x1118.