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Head Start Programs & Preschools

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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