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Child Care

Action for Children

Provides child care and early learning information free of charge for parents, including year-round parenting classes for parents with kids of all ages throughout Central Ohio and information about choosing quality child care. They also assist people who operate home-based childcare.

78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222 or (855) 302-4453 Toll-free or (800) 750-0750 TTY
actionforchildren.org

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Child Care

Offers an online site for parents and providers to find resources related to early education and child care, including resources for children with special needs, nutrition information and injury prevention.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(888) 227-5409
aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/healthy-child-care

American Red Cross Ohio Buckeye Region

Offer free disaster presentations, First Aid, CPR, AED, Basic Life Support (BLS), babysitting and child care, swimming and water safety and lifeguarding classes/training to the public. Visit their website for a schedule of classes, pricing and registration information.

  • Franklin County
    995 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43205
    (614) 253-2740
  • Delaware County
    380 Hills-Miller Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 362-2021
  • Madison County
    271 Elm Street, London, Ohio 43140
    (740) 845-9939
  • Licking County
    143 South Thirtieth Street, Newark, Ohio 43058
    (740) 349-9442
  • Fairfield County
    121 West Mulberry Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 687-5585
  • Fayette County
    225 East Market Street, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160
    (740) 335-3101
  • Knox County
    300 North Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
    (740) 397-6300
  • Pickaway County
    120 East Main Street, Circleville, Ohio 43113
    (740) 415-3111
  • Ross County
    181 North Bridge Street, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
    (740) 772-2014
  • Marion County
    1849 Summerset Drive, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 725-9141
  • Morrow County
    37 West Center Street, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338
    (419) 946-2811
  • Union County
    131 North Main Street, Marysville, Ohio 43040
    (937) 642-6651

redcross.org/local/ohio/buckeye

Bridgeway Academy

Offers individual and group instruction to children with developmental disabilities ages 3 and higher. They provide speech, music and occupational therapy, psychological services, social skills groups, summer programs and parent support groups. They are a provider of Ohio’s autism scholarship as well.
2500 Medary Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 262-7520
bridgewayohio.org

Care.com

Allows parents to go online and find babysitters, nannies, child care centers, tutors, au pairs and special needs caregivers in their area.
1400 Main Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02451
(877) 227-3115
care.com

Child Care Aware

Provides information on how to find high quality child care in the community, including five steps toward choosing quality child care, videos on what to look for when choosing a child care center, and an online site to find babysitters and nannies and special needs care.
1515 North Courthouse Road, Arlington, Virginia 22201
(800) 424-2246
childcareaware.org

Childcare Training Ohio (CTO)

CTO provides health and safety training (like CPR, first aid, communicable disease and child abuse recognition and prevention) for child care employees as well as the communities they serve. All training is conducted onsite and classes are open to the public. Cost is minimal.
PO Box 6292, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 495-7608
childcaretrainingohio.com

Childhood League Center

Offers early childhood services for children with delays in development, home visitation programs and classes for young children with special needs. Most programs are free or for a small fee.
674 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 253-6933
childhoodleague.org

CHLOE (Community, Health, Life Skills, Opportunities & Education)

Provides mentoring and education services to pregnant and teen moms in Franklin County. Some of the classes they offer include: shaken baby prevention presentation, pregnancy and child birth education and safe sitter classes. They also provide childcare, study help and have a mini boutique, stocked with infant and toddler clothing, diapers, blankets, bedding, small equipment and other necessities needed to care for little ones.
PO Box 30241, Columbus, Ohio 43230
(614) 477-1426
chloeinc.org

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Childhood Injury Prevention Program

Provides several services related to injury prevention and home safety:

  • Low-cost car seats and booster seats to families in need (Ohio Buckles Buckeyes Program)
  • Free car seat checks at fitting stations throughout Columbus
  • Low-cost home safety inspections for houses that provide in-home childcare
  • Fire prevention and pedestrian safety programs (Safe Kids Central Ohio)

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7748
columbus.gov

Handouts and Links for Parents

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

Individuals who have achieved NAFCC accreditation have met the highest standards available for in-home providers. Click below to find home care providers that are nationally accredited through NAFCC. There are less than 30 in Columbus.
1743 West Alexander Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84119
(801) 886-2322
http://nafcc.org

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Has a national voluntary accreditation program for child care centers who wish to meet quality standards that go above and beyond basic licensing requirements.
1313 L Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
(800) 424-2460
naeyc.org
Find Child Care: families.naeyc.org/find-quality-child-care

National Resource Center for Health & Safety in Child Care & Early Education

Offers information on a variety of topics, including handling asthma in a child care setting, required immunizations, background checks, child care emergencies and resources for children with special needs.
13120 East Ninteenth Avenue, Aurora, Colorado 80045
(800) 598-5437
cfoc.nrckids.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Injury Research & Policy

Their website provides information on a variety of safety topics, including bicycle safety, passenger safety, concussions, backyard safety, child care safety, computer safety and more.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2400
nationwidechildrens.org/injury-research-and-policy-injury-topics

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Classes

Offers a range of free and low cost classes for children, teens, adults and parents of infants and kids of all ages and abilities. Find courses on everything from babysitting and parenting to CPR training, autism and diabetes. Example classes include:

  • Active Parenting
  • ADHD Academy – for parents or caregivers of children with ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Academy – topic specific programs for parents and educators
  • Autism Teaching Strategies – for teachers
  • Basic Babysitter Training Class
  • Community Education for Diabetes
  • Parenting Your Child With Autism – for parents
  • Sibshops – for brothers and sisters of children with autism

700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/education-classes

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health E-Hints

A free e-newsletter written by pediatric specialists and customized to meet the health and safety needs of your family. When you enter the ages of your own children, you’ll only get the articles that are relevant to your family.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
nationwidechildrens.org/e-newsletter-sign-up

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health Library

Find information about the disease, condition, procedure or test you need. Also, find relevant information on various health topics for parents, kids and teens.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org

Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA)

Their website contains helpful resources relating to juvenile justice, foster care, adoption, kinship care (relatives and non-relatives raising children) and information for youth transitioning from the foster system to adulthood. Their website contains advocacy information and helpful resources, as well as a directory of members and services and referral form for services throughout Ohio.
2600 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43231
(614) 461-0014
oacca.org

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles ID R Kids

Obtaining Ohio photo ID cards for children assists authorities in the event that the child is reported missing. Parents can apply for an Ohio ID card for their children locally (with the sites listed online), and there is no minimum age.
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 752-7500
bmv.ohio.gov/dl-id-idrkids.aspx

Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA)

Click below to find child care resources and referral agencies in your county.
2760 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(877) 547-6978 or (614) 396-5959
www.occrra.org

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Early Learning

Provides information, resources and services related to early learning and school readiness. Also, licenses preschool programs and school-age child care operated by schools and educational centers. Click below to search for early care and education programs.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Early Learning and Development

Search online for child care providers by location, type of facility and ages of children. Parents can learn about each program, its licensing status, its location and the number and ages of children served. Print out the four-page Parent’s Guide to Choosing Safe and Healthy Child Care, a parent checklist developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Their website also has information about what is covered in the licensing law in Ohio, what must be regulated and additional standards.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(866) 635-3748
jfs.ohio.gov/cdc

Safe Sitter

A nationally-recognized program developed by pediatricians that provides quality babysitting training programs for youth at many locations throughout Columbus and Ohio. Click to find program locations.
8604 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250
(317) 596-5001
safesitter.org

YMCA of Central Ohio

Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.

Full Facility Branches

  • Delaware Community Center YMCA
    1121 South Houk Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 203-3051
  • Don M. and Margaret Hilliker YMCA
    300 Sloan Boulevard, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (937) 592-9622
  • Downtown YMCA
    40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 224-1131
  • Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA
    130 Woodland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 252-3166
  • Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
    555 YMCA Place, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
    (614) 416-9622
  • Grove City YMCA
    3600 Discovery Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 871-9622
  • Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
    4515 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 334-9622
  • Hilltop YMCA
    2879 Valleyview Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 276-8224
  • Jerry L. Garver YMCA
    6767 Refugee Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 834-9622
  • Liberty Township/Powell YMCA
    7798 North Liberty Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
    (614) 839-9622
  • North YMCA
    1640 Sandalwood Place, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 885-4252
  • Pickaway County Family YMCA
    440 Nicholas Drive, Circleville, Ohio 43113
    (740) 477-1661
  • Reynoldsburg Community Center YMCA
    7215 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
    (614) 224-1142
  • Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
    3500 First Avenue, Urbancrest, Ohio 43123
    (614) 539-1770

Outdoor/Multipurpose Facilities

  • Community Park YMCA
    402 North Hamilton Road, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 224-1142
  • Delaware Recreation Services
    500 East Lincoln Avenue, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 203-3051
  • Hilltop-Cherry Creek YMCA
    600 Fox Ridge Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 878-7260
  • Hoover YMCA Park
    1570 Rohr Road, Lockbourne, Ohio 43137
    (614) 491-0980
  • Van Buren Shelter
    595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 715-2030
  • YMCA Camp Willson
    2732 County Road 11, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (800) 423-0427

Educare Centers

  • Hilltop Educare Center
    1952 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 752-8877
  • YMCA Early Learning Center
    2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 342-5836

Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)

  • Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)
    1907 Leonard Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43219
    (614) 389-9800

YMCA Administrative Offices: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org

General Ohio Child Care Program Licensing Information

All child care centers in the state of Ohio are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) or the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). This website provides information on licensing rules, forms and training.
(877) 302-2347, option 4, for translation services
jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/Licensing_Information.stm
County Department of Job and Family Services (CDJFS) Agency Directory: jfs.ohio.gov/County/County_Directory.stm