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Delaware Area Career Center (DACC)

Offers programs for both high school students and adults to improve skills so they can be better prepared to enter the workforce and advance within the workforce. Works with the community to increase critical thinking, create leaders and learners.
North Campus: 1610 State Route 521, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-1993
South Campus: 4565 Columbus Pike,  Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 548-0708

Great Schools

Parents turn to this website to find the right schools for their children, to get practical advice and information that will help them raise successful, college-ready kids and to support the schools in their communities. There is a lot of information on special education programs. “E-ssential Guide to Assistive Technology” provides an overview of current technologies to help parents select the right tools for their children.
1999 Harrison Street, San Francisco, California 94612
(415) 977-0700

Ohio Head Start Association

Click on their county map to find Head Start providers and services in each county in Ohio.
7810 McEwen Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459
(937) 435-1113

Child Development Council (CDC) of Franklin County

Provides developmental and educational services to income-eligible children and their families in Franklin County. Infants and children up to 5 years old may attend classes that focus on child development, along with providing health, nutrition, and other social services. Services may also be provided in the home. Also provides services for parents of children enrolled in their Head Start program. This includes their Fatherhood Project, which offers parenting education and support for fathers, GED preparation, literacy tutoring, college advising, ESOL classes, computer classes and more.
300 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-1709

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

Help is provided in many areas including food, housing, health care and transportation. The Kids Club afterschool program provides a safe and nurturing environment for youth in grades K-5 at various locations. They offer homework assistance, tutoring with a reading specialist, individual reading time, and activities that foster youth’s development of appropriate social skills. The Kindship Care Program Supports relative caregivers who have taken custody of children who cannot be cared for by their parents. The program helps children avoid placement in a non-related foster home when parents are absent, and therefore helps them maintain stability in their education.
3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539

Jewish Community Center (JCC)

Through its programs and services, the JCC provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts, featuring festivals and fairs centered around books, films, and fine art; teen programs, summer and spring break camps for kids with and without special needs, after school programs, preschool and daycare, special events and more. At the JCC there is something for all ages.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-2731

Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC)

Free extensive one-stop employment services for young and old, working and unemployed. Services include walk-in access to a career resource room, job fairs and job postings. They also offer free support in preparing career planning, academic and skill testing, hands-on computer classes, GED preparation, creating resumés and cover letters, preparing for interviews and more.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 559-5052

Central Ohio Youth for Christ City Life Center

Offers free faith-based programs for at-risk teens ages 16 to 18 in the Franklinton area. They provide free childcare to children of teen moms participating in online school program hours, transportation, as well as life skills training, career counseling, leadership groups and help for teen parents.
40 Chicago Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 410-1898

Action for Children

Provides child care and early learning information free of charge for parents, including parenting classes and information about choosing quality child care. Also assists people who operate home-based childcare. Their website provides free resources for people living in 7 central Ohio counties. Offers year-round parenting classes for parents with kids of all ages at many locations in Franklin and Delaware counties.

78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222

Alvis House Community Reentry Program

Participants develop skills and access resources that will result in a successful transition to the community from the prison or parole system. Services include education, life skills, career training and case management.
2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-0660 or (614) 223-1499

American Legion

They award college scholarships to military veterans and their families.  Their Family & Youth Support Program offers immediate assistance for household needs, utilities and food to military families directly affected by Operation Iraqi Freedom and America’s War on Terrorism.  Special support programs, such as counseling and mental health, are offered to children and youth whose military parent is deployed, deceased or discharged.
700 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
(800) 433-3318

Black Excel Scholarships for Minorities

Provides an online list of many free college scholarships for minorities.
244 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10001
(212) 591-1936

Bridgescape Learning Academies

Provides students ages 14-21 who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of school, with a free alternative path to earn a high school diploma in an environment that fits their schedule, life circumstances and learning needs. Our student-focused program provides an opportunity to earn a high school diploma at a pace suitable to their schedule, lifestyle and learning needs. Students experience an abbreviated, flexible school day and maximize online learning to focus on required courses and subjects that align with their specific areas of interest. A custom curriculum, individualized support and counseling give students a complete road map for success.

  • Road to Success Academy
    3377 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 229-2194
  • Capital High School
    640 Harrisburg Pike, Columbus, Ohio  43223
    (614) 229-2194

Buckeye Ranch

The Bonner Academy at Cross Creek School (Day Treatment Program) helps youth who are struggling in traditional school settings. Students have the ability to transition to their home school districts with clinical support and services. The Buckeye Ranch also supports Alum Crest High School in Columbus Public Schools with case management and counseling services. Students with emotional disturbances are placed at Alum Crest by Columbus Public Schools.
2865 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 384-8000 or (614) 384-7798

CAP4Kids Employment & Career Resources for Youth

Are you looking for job and career help for teens and young adults? Click below to go to the employment section of CAP4Kids, which has career and job resources for teens and young adults.
Go to CAP4Kids Employment Page

Central Crossing High School Counseling Department

This site has a wealth of helpful information about scholarship and financial aid information for Ohioans.
4500 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 801-6500

Coaching for College Success

This program is offered by Syntero Counseling to provide high school students with an IEP or 504 Plan with  preparation  and support as they transition to college.  The goal of this program is to provide an early warning system for students and parents to address issues before they become a crisis; while also developing the necessary functioning skills for those with ADHD/ADD, Autism, mental health concerns or physical disabilities as they transition on to college.
299 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin, Ohio  43016
(844) 578-2237

College Access information Hotline

Offers Ohio callers free information on preparation for college, admissions, student financial aid, scholarship information and general facts about enrollment at colleges and universities throughout Ohio.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) I-ATTAIN or (877) 428-8246

College Goal Sunday

Students can get free, professional assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, talk to financial aid professionals about financial aid resources and how to apply, and get information regarding statewide student services, admission requirements and more.

Columbus City Schools Adult & Community Education (ACE)

Offers support services for families, with classes at different sites throughout Franklin County. They have free GED prep and ESOL classes for adults, and basic skills literacy classes for adults, as well as vocational training programs for adults.  They also offer low-cost online adult classes.
270 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 365-5000

Columbus City Schools English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Their website has information about programs at each school, as well as helpful links to other sites for parents, teachers and students. Welcome Centers help students from other countries who have recently arrived in the United States and who have little or no literacy skills in English or in their native language.
4077 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 365-8802 or (614) 365-8811

Columbus City Schools (CCS) Special Needs Preschool

The CCS Special Needs Preschool Program provides early intervention opportunities for children ages 3 to 5, who have special needs in one of the following developmental areas based on the state and federal guidelines: language, cognition, motor skills, adaptive behavior and social-emotional development.
2001 Hamilton Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 365-5230

Columbus Foundation

Offers over 200 scholarships for students from all walks of life. Visit their website to start your search.
1234 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 251-4000

Columbus 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

Columbus Learning Cooperative

The Columbus Learning Cooperative is a holistic alternative to the traditional school environment. Participants (ages 10 to 18 years old) register as home school students and then meet with our mentors to determine their unique education plan, with no high-stakes testing, no standardized curriculum, integrated age levels and a flexible schedule. They work with students in the self-directed learning model.
731 E Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 943-3252

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Offers free basic reading and writing classes, GED classes, literacy learning courses and English classes through several organizations. Check their online schedule of events for a comprehensive listing of courses.
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-2ASK or (614) 645-2275

Columbus Metropolitan Library Ready to Read Corps

Provides free learning resources for parents of children up to age 5. They hand out an early literacy kit, full of fun learning tools, and the program is offered at several locations throughout the Columbus area.
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 479-3450

Columbus Recreation & Parks Capital Kids

Offers academic programs and a safe place to learn and play after school and during the summer for a very low cost. Capital University students provide homework help, and programs are offered in anger management, substance abuse, violence prevention and recreation.

  • Beatty Community Center
    247 North Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 645-3218
  • Douglas Community Center
    1250 Windsor Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
    (614) 645-7407
  • Marion Franklin Community Center
    2801 Lockbourne Road, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 645-3160
  • Sullivant Garden Community Center
    755 Renick Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 645-8171

Columbus State Community College

Their financial aid page has information about local, state and federal scholarship and grant opportunities.
550 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(800) 621-6407

Columbus State Community College Academic Enrichment (GED) Program

Classes are designed for students who want to improve their English language or mathematics skills in order to increase their career opportunities. The program offers individual instruction in reading, writing, math, computers, college preparation, career guidance and help in securing financial aid.
315 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5858 or (614) 287-5000

Columbus State Community College Upward Bound

Provides high school students the skills and motivation needed to complete an education at a college of their choice. The Upward Bound program at Columbus State Community College is available to income eligible students attending Mifflin High, East High, West High and Linden McKinley STEM. Upward Bound has a 100% college placement rate.
550 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5353

Columbus Urban League (CUL) Head Start Academy

Offers free preschool for income-eligible children ages 3 to 5 living in zipcode 43207. They also offer services for children who exhibit disabilities and mental health concerns.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 749-1792 or (614) 625-3989

Columbus Virtual Credit Advancement Program (VCAP)

Columbus City Schools offers online courses through the Columbus Virtual Credit Advancement Program (VCAP). Eligible students must live in the district and be 21 or younger but not earned enough credits to graduate. This program provides a list of area locations where computer access for coursework is provided.
364 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 365-5727

Communities in Schools of Central Ohio

Helps kids in Columbus and Whitehall City Schools stay in school and graduate through a variety of programs including peer mentoring, health resources and after school learning.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 268-2472, ext. 11

Community for New Direction (CND)

  • Once a year, offers a one-week tour across the U.S. of several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) every year for youth ages 14 to 18.
  • Offers a 6-week Summer Day Camp for youth ages 5 to 14, which includes a balance of education, prevention programming, and fun summer field trips.
  • Provides a 32-week after school peer group at three locations in Columbus and addresses alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and violence prevention education, for youth ages 5 to 14.
  • Offers addiction programs, including intensive outpatient, drug screening, group and individual counseling, mental health education, medically assisted treatment, anger management and life skills education.


  • 2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204 (Administrative Office)
    (614) 272-1464
  • 993 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205 (Near East Office)
    (614) 257-0305
  • 1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203 (Near East Office)
  • 2096 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223 (West Office)
    (614) 272-1464

Directions for Youth & Families Crittenton Community School

A tuition-free charter school for students in grades 6 to 9 who run the risk of failing or dropping out. Students work through their difficulties with one-on-one teaching time, using alternative learning methods individualized to each student. Families can refer their student, or they may be referred by an outside source. Parents can request more information by filling out the online inquiry form.
1418 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 372-2401

Directions for Youth & Families Ready Set Grow

This free program is for children in Franklin County ages 2 to 6 who may not be ready for kindergarten. The program includes weekly visits to the home and child assessments with recommendations. Parenting education and other family assistance provided.
1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-2661

Directions for Youth & Families Short Stop Youth Center

Offers free programs and homework help for youth ages 7 to 18 Monday through Friday until 8 p.m. during the school year. They also offer dance, theatre, music, art and summer programs.
1066 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 299-5541

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services)

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio for people who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting, community integration, and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or (800) 858-3542 TTY

Dominican Learning Center

Tutors adults 18 years and older in reading, writing, math, and computers, as well as GED preparation and learning English in the English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. Students are not charged for tutorial services, but those who are financially able are asked to purchase basic texts and materials.
1111 East Stewart Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 444-7330

Dreams on Horseback

Offers programs to students who are at-risk of not graduating to learn employment skills and earn science and work study credits while caring for horses.  They also provide Equestrine Assisted Learning (EAL), which uses horses to help youth practice executive functioning skills, sensory integration, improve coordination, communication skills and self-esteem.
1416 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, Blacklick, Ohio 43004
(614) 864-9500

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Offers many free high school programs throughout Columbus and surrounding areas for students in their junior and senior years, including college prep and career training programs. Their classes help adults study for the GED, learn basic computer skills and prepare to find work.
4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
(614) 836-3903

Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT)

ECOT is a tuition-free online public school serving all of Ohio. This e-school serves grades K through 12.
3700 S. High Street, Columbus, OH 43207
(888) 326-8395

Emory University Glossary of Financial Aid Terms

Browse this website to view a list of terms and phrases you may encounter through the financial aid process.
200 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30322
(800) 727-6039

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services

The after school and summer programs prepare children ages 5-13 for proficiency tests, provide homework help, give health information, train youth in computer skills and organize soccer clubs.

  • 3800 Briggs Road, Columbus, Ohio  43228
  • 4790 Cemetery Road, Hilliard, Ohio  43026
  • 4337 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio  43224
  • 2169 Ferris Road, Columbus, Ohio  43224

(614) 252-5362

Federal Student Aid

Click for a helpful booklet that explains how to prepare academically and financially for college with a ‘to do’ list for students and parents.
PO Box 22207, Alexandria, Virginia 22304
(800) 394-7084

Federal Trade Commission

Provides information for parents and students to avoid scholarship scams.
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20580
(877) 382-4357

Finish Your Diploma

Dollar General Literacy Foundation believes that it is never too late to learn.  This website provides support, guidance, resources and job search help for anyone who needs help to learning to read, preparing for the high school equivalency tests (GED) or learning the English language.  There are also other adult learning assistance information available.

First Church of God

Offers a variety of programs for youth, including personal tutoring, preparation for standardized tests and youth mentoring.
3480 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 338-8338

First in the Family

Has useful resources and heartfelt stories from students who are the first in their families to go to college. They guide students through key issues facing first generation students.

Focus Learning Academy

This is a free public school at 3 locations in Columbus. It offers Columbus area students an alternative to earning their high school diploma, by combining high school academics with a vocational curriculum. Most of the coursework is done online, and students are able to have a flexible schedule to accomodate work schedules.
4480 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 322-7990

Franklinton Learning Center

Offers basic literacy and education classes for youth and adults. More than 150 adult students participate in a variety of literacy enhancement classes at the Learning Center each year, with over 50 earning GED diplomas.
1003 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 221-9151

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA application is available online and also at high school guidance offices and local public libraries. High school students must complete this form in order to determine their eligibility for federal financial aid for college.
400 Maryland Avenue, Washington, DC 20202
(800) 4-FED-AID or (800) 433-3243

Future Ready Columbus

An advocacy organization that represents a private and public partnership to improve learning and education in Columbus. Their goal is to promote and coordinate early learning opportunities, increase the percentage of children ready for kindergarten, help families navigate resources and help transition young adults into the workforce.
1907 Leonard Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 705-2128

Gaddis Foundation for Kids

Their website has helpful information for students and their families about scholarships, college tours and college planning throughout high school.
PO Box 360832, Columbus, Ohio 43236
(614) 758-8003

Gladden Community House: Youth Services & Preschool

Provide educational intervention led by licensed social workers through small group, individual, and family sessions to help children develop important life skills. They have a preschool and their year-round After-School Recreation program offers healthy age-appropriate programming every weekday after-school and throughout the summer. There are free meals each month to children ages 5 to 18. Offers year round team sports for youth K-12 in the Franklinton Community and a traveling summer day camp that explores central Ohio.
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 227-1600

Godman Guild GED / ABLE Program

Provides free resources, support and life skills training to help students balance work and family while pursuing their education. Their GED and college prep classes are free. Childcare and transportation are available while students are in class, except for morning classes.
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5476

HandsOn Central Ohio

This comprehensive information and referral service connects those in need with thousands of social service, government and community resources. They help find a solution to any need. Free and confidential, 2-1-1 is available throughout Franklin County 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They also answer all homelessness calls and makes referrals to area shelters for families or single persons through the homeless hotline (888) 474-3587.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
2-1-1 or (614) 221-6766

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)

Represents colleges and universities that are committed to helping Hispanics achieve success in higher education. Thousands of young Hispanics benefit from HACU with internships, scholarships, college programs, precollegiate support and career development opportunities and programs.
8415 Datapoint Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229
(210) 692-3805

Homeless Families Foundation (HFF) SPARK Program

Supporting Partnerships to Prepare Ready Kids (SPARK) works with 4 year old children, not enrolled in Pre-K and who will enter Kindergarten the following year. HFF has two well trained Parent Partners who implement and deliver the SPARK program to 45 children throughout Franklin County. Each Parent Partner provides monthly home visits and works directly with a designated parent/family member, reinforcing their role as the child’s first teacher. This effort works to improve the school readiness of the children, from Franklin County, who do not have the opportunity to participate in an early learning program.
33 North Grubb Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 461-9247

I Know I Can (IKIC)

Offers a range of services for students in Columbus City Schools, to prepare them to enter and succeed in college. They also help with financial aid and scholarships.
3798 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(614) 233-9510

Imagine America Foundation

Sponsors scholarships for students attending or planning to attend career colleges or technical schools. They have scholarships for high school graduates and grants for military students. Imagine America also has scholarship opportunities for adult learners. Their website has useful information on how to apply for scholarships and grants.
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191
(571) 267-3010

IMPACT Community Action

Provide case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs for a diverse group of people.

  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps households prevent energy service disruptions, restore disconnected services, and/or secure seasonal heating and cooling energy needs.
  • The Winter Crisis Program (WCP) serves income-eligible households in Franklin County by providing a one-time payment toward a utility bill if service is in threat of disconnection, is terminated, is new service, or if the service is being transferred.
  • The Emergency Assistance Program provides financial and material support on behalf of customers in crisis situations, including homelessness prevention, home furnishings, and critical transportation needs.
  • Fresh Produce Giveaway Program
  • The HEAP Summer Crisis Program (SCP) provides electric utility assistance and/or free air conditioners and/or fans to income-eligible households Franklin County.
  • Workforce Development/Employment Plus Program provides a five-week training to help dislocated and disadvantaged workers secure and maintain employment.
  • The REACH Program is for ages 16 to 24, who currently are not enrolled in school and are not employed. The program consists of a 10-Week Bootcamp, which will offer program participants paid work experiences, career-specific certifications, work readiness training, computer literacy, financial literacy, life skills and employability coaching.
  • Re-Entry Work Readiness Program teaches critical skills and techniques to ex-offenders who are within one year of release from incarceration.

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-2799
HEAP: (866) 747-1038
Emergency Assistance: (866) 747-1040

Khan Academy

Free online educational videos on all topics K-12. Learn at your own pace.

KIPP Columbus

A free, open-enrollment public school serving students (including children with special needs) in grades 5 through 8 in the city of Columbus. All students develop the intellectual, academic, and social skills needed to understand and take action on issues they encounter in everyday life.
2900 Inspire, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 263-6137

Know How 2 Go

Provides information for middle and high school students about how to prepare for and enter into college.
30 S Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(877) 433-7827


With this free program, students in grades 8 to 12 can gain internship and community service hours for their time in the program and working on various community projects. There is also an opportunity for school credit with the new Columbus City Schools Flex Credit program. Students learn to be leaders in school and society.
1336 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 442-7899

Learning English for Speakers of Other Languages

To find out more about English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs in schools, visit the CAP4Kids Immigration page.


Life Skills

Offers a second chance to students ages 16 to 21 who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of the traditional high school setting. There are several locations in Columbus, and tuition is free.
2400 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 821-2419 or (614) 863-9175

Mason Run High School

A tuition-free charter school that allows youth ages 16 to 21 to receive their high school diploma through self- paced courses; which allows them to earn their credits faster. Students choose when they go to school and which courses to work on each day. Free breakfast and lunch to all students as well as bus passes to help them get to and from school. They also offer OGT testing, credit recovery and school counseling services.
923 South James Road, Columbus, Ohio  43227
(614) 362-7540

Metro STEM High School

The Metro High School offers a curriculum focused on math, science and technology and prepares Central Ohio students for college.
1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 247-2276

More ESOL Resources

Click below for a complete list of local ESL resources, in the immigration and refugee section of CAP4Kids.
Go to CAP4Kids ESOL Resources

More Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Are you trying to find more scholarship and financial aid resources for youth with disabilities and special needs? Click below to go to the special needs section of CAP4Kids.
Go to CAP4Kids Special Needs Page

My College Options

A free service that provides students with the opportunity to create a personal online college and career planning profile. Students can match their individual needs, talents, goals and interests with the offerings of thousands of colleges and schools across the United States.
3651 Northeast Ralph Powell Road, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64064
(800) 862-7739

Newark High School Schlolarship Program: A Call to College

Works to assure that every Newark High School graduate has the opportunity to pursue higher education by providing one-on-one advisory services, high school course selection, SAT/ACT information, college selection & application help, college visits and more.
314 Granville Road, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 670-7424

Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA)

Provides helpful state and federal financial aid information on their website.
1972 Clark Avenue, Alliance, Ohio 44601
(330) 823-2674

Ohio Board of Regents

Their website has information about two-year and four-year programs. They also offer information about credit transfer and a college access hotline. Click for a virtual tour of more than 100 institutions throughout Ohio.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
College Access Hotline: (877) 428-8246

Ohio Board of Regents State Grants & Scholarships Hotline

Has a variety of grant and scholarship programs to aid students as they pursue higher education. This site provides information on grants and scholarships funded by the State of Ohio and provides links to other sources of financial aid. Call their toll-free hotline to speak to a specialist who has information on financial aid.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-6000

Ohio College Access Network (OCAN)

Works to increase the number of students who pursue education beyond high school, focusing on economically disadvantaged and first generation college students. They provide financial aid counseling and also help students complete college applications.
2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 947-3505

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Charter Schools

Charter or community schools are public schools of choice and operate independently of any school district. Any student eligible to attend public school in the state of Ohio is eligible to attend a charter school. Click for a list of charter schools available in Franklin County.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) General Educational Development (GED)

This site has a lot of information about obtaining a GED, including testing centers and preparation classes.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338 or (877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Graduation Requirements

Outlines information on courses students must take and tests they must pass to graduate with a diploma from an Ohio high school.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Home Education

Lists requirements for home educating parents, resources for home education, rules and regulations, contact information and more. Click to see a helpful fact sheet about home education.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Just for Families

Helps parents understand what children are expected to learn in school and how to help them succeed, so families can choose a school for their child, get involved in their child’s learning and get information about learners with special needs and talents.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) OHIOEDU or (877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Kindergarten Readiness

Learn about Ohio kindergarten requirements, entrance dates, how to request early admission and view their readiness checklist.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 644-0628

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Lau Resource Center

Ensures that students in Ohio with limited English proficiency receive the same education opportunities as their English-speaking peers.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Limited English Proficient (LEP) Student Support

This site has resources for students who need special language assistance in order to effectively participate in school programs.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Local Report Cards

Parents can look up a district or school in their area and see the performance rating of that school based on state standards.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) OHIOEDU or (877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) McKinney-Vento Homeless Children & Youth Program

Protects the rights of homeless children and ensures that homeless youth have access to free and appropriate public education.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 387-7725

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Ohio School Options

Outlines the school options available in Ohio including public schools, open enrollment, career-technical education, post secondary enrollment options, community (charter) schools, private schools, home schooling and GED options.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) OHIOEDU or (877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Scholarship Programs

Includes information about the Robert Byrd Honors Scholarship, the U.S. Senate Youth Program and the Autism Scholarship Program. The Ohio Educational Choice Scholarship program provides scholarships for students from underperforming schools to attend private schools.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Learning Earning & Parenting (LEAP)

Helps teen parents or pregnant teens finish school by providing cash assistance. Students must be under 18 and working on earning either their GED or high school diploma.
1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 233-2000

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Offers several free services to the Hispanic community including:

  • Homework help and educational after school programs
  • Summer camps for Latino / Hispanic children
  • Translation and interpretation services
  • English (ESOL) and citizenship classes for adults
  • Support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

100 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 840-9934

Ohio Legal Services

Offers a guide to the educational rights of homeless children in Ohio. Their website also has information about education for children with disabilities, Ohio law and procedures for students facing removal from school, legal rights of teenage mothers, and student eligibility for school meals.
555 Buttles Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(866) 529-6446

Ohio PTA Memorial Scholarship Program

Ohio Parent Teacher Association (PTA) offers scholarships in three areas:  Academic, Technical and Special Education.  Each scholarship award is $500. In order to apply, high school seniors must attend a school in a district that has one or more schools with official PTA status.  Contact directly for additional information on this program as well as other scholarship and grant programs.
40 Northwoods Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio  43235
(614) 781-6344

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension: Ohioline

Provides access to hundreds of OSU Extension handouts and resources for parents, covering a wide array of subjects such as, horticulture, food and nutrition, breastfeeding; teaching children to read and resolve conflict, tips for new parents and how to stay involved in your teen’s life.
2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181

Prevent Bullying

To learn more about resources for kids who are being bullied, visit the CAP4Kids Bullying page, in the Child Abuse section.


Reading Rockets

One in five kids has serious difficulties learning to read. With early identification and a lot of help, however, children can do well. Through the U.S Department of Education, Reading Rockets provides many resources for families, including help for stuggling readers, help for kids with dyslexia, literacy apps, webcasts, common core information, booklists, reading classes and more.
WETA Public Television
2775 South Quincy Street, Arlington, Virginia 22206

Red Treehouse

This online resource supporting the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and young adults, prenatal to age 25. The website helps families find resources, organizations and events to meet their specific needs and challenges. Users can customize profiles by location (counties within Ohio), age ranges and topics of interest. is a collaborative effort of Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and Ohio Family and Children First.
10415 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 229-5757, ext. 1126

Salvation Army After School Learning Center

This free program focuses on academic achievement in the areas of math and reading for students in grades 1 though 8. Program participants receive tutoring, proficiency test preparation and personal development during the school year and summer.

  • West Mound Worship and Service Center
    2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
  • East Main Street Worship and Service Center
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Citadel Worship & Service Center
    3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
  • Livingston Elementary School
    825 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205

(614) 221-6561

South Western City Schools Head Start Program

Takes place at 4 centers throughout Grove City and Columbus (in South Western school district) for income-eligible children ages 3 to 4.
3805 Marlane Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 801-8438 or (614) 801-3000

St. John Learning Center

Offers free GED classes and computer training for out-of-school youth and adults.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3132, ext. 248

St. Stephen’s Community House Youth & Family Services

After school programs, summer programs, developmental groups and tutoring are provided for at-risk youth living in the Linden area.
1500 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 294-6347

Stowe Baptist Center

Offers after school tutoring help to students in kindergarten to 12th grades on Monday nights. They also have a program called Cross Town Kids on Friday evenings.
888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 445-8400

The Buckeye Ranch’s Rosemont School

Provides schooling for students who have severe emotional and behavioral difficulties. The goal is to reintegrate the majority of youth back into a traditional school setting. However, males ages 16 to 18 who are unable to return to a traditional school setting can get help in preparing for the GED. Families can refer themselves or receive a referral from another agency.
2440 Dawnlight Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 471-2626

The Connectory STEM Resources

A comprehensive portal listing connections to STEM learning and fun opportunities throughout the country. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities help youth develop critical thinking, working with others, and problem solving skills, enhance creativity, and engage in an investigative process.

Tom Fennessy / Mike Harden Back-to-School Project

Provides backpacks filled with school supplies for children in grades K through 12 who otherwise might not be able to afford them.
P,O, Box 12234, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 488-4250

TOUCH (Teaching Opportunity Unity by Connecting Hearts)

This program is for low income youth, ages 17 through 21, who have dropped out of school or have graduated high school and need guidance on what direction to head in, such as military, college, trade school, workforce, etc. The program offers educational workforce development assistance, leadership development training and comprehensive counseling. When necessary, participants may also receive access to housing and clothing assistance. TOUCH is an agency dedicated to helping ex-offenders gain the skills and confidence needed to obtain workforce and educational opportunities.  Visit their website or call directly for eligibility and additional information.
37 Robinwood Avenue, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 338-8733

U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid

Provides free information on preparing for education beyond high school. Students can submit an online application for financial aid, get information about careers and find schools offering majors in those careers. They can also look for scholarships online.
400 Maryland Avenue, Washington DC, 20202
(800) 4-FED-AID or (800) 433-3243

U.S. News & World Report

Provides rankings of 1400 schools, search tools to help find schools that fit students’ needs and details on scholarships, loans and grants.
1050 Thomas Jefferson Street, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 955-2000

Victory Ministries

In the Center of Hope facility their services include: a food pantry, provide free clothing and bedding sheets, free medical and vision care, clinical counseling, and Literacy Now tutoring program.
3964 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(614) 252-2500

Volunteers of America Operation Backpack

Distributes new backpacks and school supplies to Central Ohio children in need every year.
1776 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 253-6100

Westerville Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Westerville Public Library provides free books for children up to age 5 who live in the Westerville School District.  Each month one age-appropriate book is mailed to your child as a gift for them to keep and helps to encourage the love for reading.  Visit their website for details and to sign-up.
126 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio  43081
(614) 882-7277

YMCA Positive Alternative Learning for Students (PALS)

Students in grades 6 to 12 who are on suspension from school are referred to PALS by public school systems, juvenile courts, human services organizations and parents. Students are held accountable for their actions by participating in educational programming and behavior modification sessions. Contact the Downtown YMCA location for the locations offering PALS.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1142

Youth Build Columbus Community School

A dropout recovery high school serving youth ages 17 to 21 who are in need of a high school diploma and want to learn a skilled trade.
1183 Essex Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 291-0805