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Developmental Evaluations

Help Me Grow (HMG) Home Visiting Program

Provides expectant or new parents with the information, support, resources and encouragement they need through a home visiting service. Core services include prenatal support, parenting education, developmental screenings and linkage to community resources. Eligibility includes women who are expecting their first child and mothers whose first child is under six months old and meet income guidelines. There is no cost to families. Their website has information about child health, children with special needs, school readiness, safety, resources by county and parent rights.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Referral Line: (800) 755-4769
helpmegrow.ohio.gov

Columbus & Franklin County Kids

Provides free learning checkups that help detect early developmental delays and speech, hearing or vision problems among children ages 2 to 5 years old living in Franklin County. Go online to view their kindergarten readiness checklist and a list of learning checkup locations.
360 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 241-3089
columbuskids.org

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF) Ready Set Grow

This free program is for children in Franklin County ages 3 to 6 (who are not yet enrolled in Kindergarten) who may be at risk for not being ready for kindergarten. The program includes weekly visits to the home and child assessments with recommendations. Parenting education and other family assistance are provided as well.
1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Intake Department: (614) 294-2661
dfyf.org/home/our-programs/RSG.html

Flying Colors

Flying Colors is the evaluation and early childhood center for Licking County public schools. They do evaluations on children ages 3 to 6 in the county and determine special educational needs. They also offer a program for children who qualify for kindergarten but may need an additional year in a preschool setting, as well as services for children with special needs (including autism, hearing impairments and speech delays).
119 Union Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-1629
flyingcolorspreschool.weebly.com

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD)

Services are provided for children from birth to age 21 who have developmental delays and disabilities. They provide these services in collaboration with all of the Franklin County school districts. Services include early childhood education and home-based services, developmental evaluations, early intervention services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and more.
2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 475-6440
fcbdd.org

LD Online

This website provides information and resources related to the earliest possible identification of young children and their families who may benefit from early intervention or education services.
2775 South Quincy Street, Arlington, Virginia 22206
www.ldonline.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Developmental Assessment Program

Offers a wide range of services to address the developmental and behavioral needs of children. They provide comprehensive evaluations for children with suspected developmental disabilities, learning difficulties, autism and co-occurring emotional and behavioral difficulties. They also offer a free resource center for any family that needs help finding resources in the community for their child.
187 West Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 355-8315
www.nationwidechildrens.org

Ohio Boards of Developmental Disabilities

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) oversees a statewide system of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Each county in Ohio has its own Board of Developmental Disabilities, which is responsible for providing early intervention services in that county. Click below to find information about the board in your county.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Statewide: (800) 617-6733 or (800) 750-0750 TTY
Franklin County: (614) 475-6440
dodd.ohio.gov

What is Early Intervention?

Early intervention is a range of services for infants and toddlers up to age three who are experiencing a delay in some area of their development.

YMCA Early Childhood Resource Network (ECRN)

Provides developmental screenings for children from six weeks of age through 5 years of age who have special needs (developmental delays, disabilities and special health care needs) as well as a free toy and equipment lending program for children.  ECRN staff perform on-site child observations at child care sites and preschools. They also provide ongoing service coordination.
6555 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio  43229
(614) 543-9000
ymcacolumbus.org/ecrn

Youth Advocate Services (YAS)

Provides traditional and therapeutic foster care services in and around the central Ohio region, supports those who are interested in adopting through the Foster Care System with pre- and post-adoption support services. They offer Help Me Grow home visits and early intervention programs that serve children under the age of three with developmental delays and disabilities and provide community respite services for families and caregivers to offer relief during difficult times, including emergency situations.
825 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 258-9927
yasohio.org