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Getting Ready for Kindergarten

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 Toll-free (855) 302-4453 or TTY (800) 750-0750
actionforchildren.org

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. Contact them to find out a child can get a Learning Checkup.
360 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 241-3089
columbuskids.org

Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Ready to Read Corps

The Ready to Read Corps works with organizations where there is “waiting room time,” to engage parents and caregivers of children ages 0 to 5, to conduct training sessions that focus on pre-reading skills necessary for early literacy and kindergarten readiness. Parents and caregivers receive a kit to take home that includes board books, finger puppets, crayons and literature about pre-reading skills. Call the number below for more information.
(614) 479-3453
spellproject.weebly.com/ready-to-read-corps.html

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF)

Program: DFYF offers youth and their families mental, emotional and behavioral health programs and services. Licensed social workers and counselors provide counseling and clinical treatment programs addressing a range of issues including school concerns, sexual abuse, delinquency, domestic violence, family conflict, substance abuse and mental health issues. They also offer parenting classes, free kindergarten readiness programs and after-school and summer programs at their two youth centers.
Eligibility: male and female, ages vary per program
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income); most programs are free
Referral: 
individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else for the counseling programs, for psychiatric services they need to be referred through a Directions for Youth counselor

  • DFYF Main Office
    1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-2661
  • DFYF East Office
    3616 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
    (614) 251-0103
  • Ohio Avenue Youth Center
    657 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 258-8043
  • Crittenton Center
    3840 Kimberly Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 694-0203

Intake: (614) 294-2661
dfyf.org

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
futurereadycolumbus.org

Homeless Families Foundation (HFF)

  • HFF’s Family Services works directly with families to help them move from homelessness to stable housing and self-sufficiency. This is a combined effort of the Case Managers, a Housing Liaison, and Resource Specialists.
  • HFF’s Dowd Education Center programs include: Project Based Learning, Literacy Program, Parent Participation Night, and Nutrition Program. Other activities include a curriculum based arts program, recreation program, field trips and other enrichment activities to enhance the students’ social skills, self-esteem, and overall health.
  • Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK): The target population is three and four-year-old children, not enrolled in Pre-K, who will enter Kindergarten the following year. Each Parent Partner provides monthly home visits and works directly with a parent/family member, to support their role as the child’s first teacher.

33 North Grubb Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 461-9247
homelessfamiliesfoundation.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 licensed centers.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Family & Community Engagement

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) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Family-and-Community-Engagement

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
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Kindergarten

Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership (OPEPP)

OPEPP is a resource to help any licensed preschools and child care providers in Ohio with preschool-age children whose behavior poses challenges in the preschool setting, putting them at risk for expulsion. To access on-site consultation services call the number below or complete their online request form.
(844) 678-2227
nationwidechildrens.org/behavioral-health-for-providers

Ohio State University (OSU) College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences: Ohioline

Provides access to hundreds of OSU Extension handouts and resources, covering a wide array of subjects such as agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, and youth development.

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 struggling readers, help for kids with dyslexia, literacy apps, webcasts, common core information, book lists, reading classes and more.
WETA Public Television
2775 South Quincy Street, Arlington, Virginia 22206
readingrockets.org

Sesame Street in the Communities

Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives. Explore topics related to health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.

1900 Broadway, New York, New York 10023
(212) 595-3456
sesamestreetincommunities.org
To view their additional toolkit: sesamestreet.org/toolkits