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Getting Ready for Kindergarten

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
www.actionforchildren.org

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
www.columbuskids.org

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
www.columbuslibrary.org

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
www.dfyf.org/home/our-programs/prevention-education-services.html

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
www.futurereadycolumbus.org

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
www.homelessfamiliesfoundation.org

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
www.ode.state.oh.us

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
ohioline.osu.edu

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
www.readingrockets.org