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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 houshold 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
(317) 630-1203

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

Buckeye Ranch

The 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

Center for Latin Hope (Centro Esperanza Latina)

Provides after school programs for youth ages of 7 to 13 during the school year. Activities include computer, exercise, dance and leadership classes. They also offer free math and reading tutoring for grades K through 12.  Transportation is included.
1925 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 275-1825 or (614) 358-3584

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

Central Ohio Youth for Christ City Life Center

Helps at-risk teens ages 16 to 21 in the Franklinton area obtain their high school diploma / GED. They offer career counseling, mentoring programs and life skills training. They provide free childcare and transportation as well.
39380 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 410-1898

Charity Newsies

Provides new clothing for school children of all ages in Franklin County free of charge. They can also provide shoes, winter coats and vouchers for school uniforms.
4300 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-4300

Child Development Council (CDC) of Franklin County

Provides developmental and educational services to income-eligible children and their families in Franklin County living north of I-70. Children ages 3 to 5 years may attend preschool classes that focus on developing school readiness skills, along with providing health, nutrition, and other social services. Services may also be provided in the home.
300 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-1709

Child Development Council (CDC) of Franklin County

Offers GED preparation, literacy tutoring, college advising, ESOL classes, computer classes and more.
300 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-1709

Christian Women United

Their annual back-to-school giveaway offers free kindergarten and sports physicals, immunizations, food, clothing and school supplies.
867 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 937-8540

City of Refuge Point of Impact (CORPOI)

Offers free tutoring sessions as well as preparation for the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) in a faith-based envrionment that serves at-risk youth.
3480 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 231-9564

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center

The Kids Club is an after school and summer program for elementary youth Monday through Friday at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church. The program helps improve academic performance and provides recreational activities for kids. The program is not limited to children in the Clintonville-Beechwold area but often has a waiting list.  The program is free, however there is one registration fee per family.
14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539

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

Columbus City Schools Adult & Community Education (ACE)

Offers support services for families experiencing homelessness, including after school programs and summer programs for youth, ESOL classes for adults, GED preparation and basic skills literacy classes for adults, as well as vocational training programs for adults.  They also offer low-cost online adult classes.
2323 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio  43211
(614) 365-6000

Columbus City Schools Special Needs Preschools

This site has information about Columbus City School’s special needs preschool and kindergarten programs, the hearing impaired program (CHIP), the orthopaedically impaired program and the visually impaired program. Special needs preschools serve children with identified delays and are offered at several sites. They also have information about what to do if parents suspect their child has a learning disability and student enrollment. Click for the parent information brochure. Parents can also call the office during the school year to speak with other parents of children with special needs.
2571 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 365-5206

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

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 Kids

Provides free learning checkups for children ages 2-1/2 to 4 years old within the Columbus City School district, so that they enter kindergarten ready to do well in school. Parents receive a free gift card and book when they complete a learning checkup with their child.
360 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 241-3089

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 Public 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.
1990 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 365-8802

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 Urban League

Provides free after school tutoring in math and reading for youth ages 6 to 13.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300, ext. 108

Columbus Urban League

Provides a variety of services including tutoring, literacy help, college tours and GED classes.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300 or Spanish: (614) 257-6300, ext. 128

Columbus Urban League Head Start Program

Offers free preschool for income-eligible children ages 3 to 5 living south of I-70 in Franklin County. They also offer services for children who exhibit disabilities and mental health concerns.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300

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.
2546 Sunbury Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219.
(614) 614-365-5485

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

Offers a one-week tour of several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) every year for youth ages 14 to 18.
2096 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 272-1464

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Provides tutoring opportunities for children at several locations.
2070 Ridgecliff Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 451-6677

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

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

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services-OLRS)

Helps people throughout Ohio who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental impairments. The intake department can be contacted toll-free for confidential services. They can assist with cases of abuse, neglect, discrimination, public assistance denials and other services. Their Client Assistance Program (CAP) helps people applying for or receiving services from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation or the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired. Their website has a lot of information about the following issues and local agencies that can help.

  • Getting School Special Education Services
  • Getting School Therapies and Transportation
  • Early Intervention Developmental Evaluations
  • Assistive Technology
  • Service Animals
  • Jobs & Colleges
  • Disability Laws & Future Planning
  • Special Transportation Resources
  • Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • Blind & Low Vision
  • Kinship Care
  • Respite Care
  • Tax Preparation
  • Bedbugs

50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or (800) 858-3542 TTY

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

Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI)

ECDI helps applicants to enroll in no-cost health insurance for children & pregnant women, and helps with re-certification applications for Healthy Start.  They also offer financial assistance and guidance to start a small business, for secondary education tuition, and for first-time home buyers, among other programs; including a department dedicated to services for refugees. Call for details.
1611 Old Leonard Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 559-0115

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO)

Manages the application process of home education enrollment for students and families residing in central Ohio. Their website has information and forms necessary to start the home education process.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 542-4120

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.

  • 1060 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio  43203
  • 588 McNaughten Road, Whitehall, Ohio  43213
  • 1110 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio  43229

(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

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.
PO Box 603252, Providence, Rhode Island 02906
(401) 247-7665

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

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

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) 390-8837

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

Godman Guild Sci-Hi2 Program

This free program teaches teens life skills, prepares them to find a job, tutors them and helps them explore career opportunities and get into college. They also have paid internships and trips. Interested youth must commit to 1 to 2 days a week after school during the school year. To qualify for this free program, teens ages 14 to 19 must be from a family with a low to moderate income and in high school.
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5476

Godman Guild Transitions Program

Helps young adults make a successful transition to college, trade school or apprenticeship program. To qualify for this program, students should already have a GED or high school diploma. This program helps students explore careers, apply for financial aid, prepare for college placement tests, go on college tours and earn money for books and supplies.
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5476

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. This is the most comprehensive independent source of school performance ratings, and is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
160 Spear Street, San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 977-0700

HandsOn Central Ohio

Formerly known as First Link, HandsOn’s comprehensive information and referral service connects those in need with thousands of social service, government and community resources, including school supplies. They help find a solution to any need. Free and confidential, 2-1-1 is available throughout Franklin County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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

I Know I Can (IKIC)

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

I Know I Can (IKIC)

Provides a list of local and national scholarship opportunities, organized by monthly deadlines.
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

Khan Academy

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

Kids Ohio

Works to improve the education of Ohio’s children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their website has information and reports about educational policy and best practices.
22 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-6400

KIPP Journey Academy

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.
1406 Myrtle Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(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

J. Ashburn Jr. Youth Center

Provides year-round programs, including a free after school program, tutoring services and internship opportunities for students with physical, sensory or learning disabilities.
85 South Clarendon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 279-0012

Job Corps

A free education and training program that helps young people ages 16 to 24 learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job.
329 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 930-1660 or (877) 733-5627

Lady Butterflies

Offers social supportive services for women and teen girls in transition.  Tutoring, workshops and their “Sister Friend” mentoring and advocacy programs are among the many free services offered.  Call for more information.
595 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 836-4665


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.
57 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(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

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

Bridgescape Academies

Bridgescape is a free dropout prevention and recovery program endorsed by Magic Johnson through Edison Learning. This free program helps students ages of 13 to 21 who have already left the school system or who are at risk of leaving, and want to earn a standard high school diploma. Students can find a job and make a plan for post secondary education and work.

  • Road to Success Academy
    1555 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 252-4645
  • Capital High School
    640 Harrisburg Pike, Columbus, Ohio  43223
    (614) 228-2854

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

Neighborhood House

Offers after school and summer programs, including the annual college tour. Programs are open to children throughout Columbus. They offer a computer lab and a business education course as well.
1000 Atchenson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 252-4941

Neighborhood Services, Inc. (NSI)

Distributes backpacks, writing utensils, paper, calculators, pens, and other school essentials to children in grades K to 12 living in zip codes 43201, 43202 and 43210.
1950 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 297-0592

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
(877) OHIOEDU or (877) 644-6338

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) 466-4161

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 Head Start Association

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

Ohio Hispanic Coalition Youth & Education Programs

Latino students ages 6 to 12 can participate in free after school educational programs throughout the school year and during the summer months. Instructors speak Spanish and English.
3556 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 840-9934 or (614) 275-1755

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

Their financial aid page has information about university and non-university scholarships and loans.
281 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(800) 678-6440 or (614) 292-0300

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

Prevent Bullying

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


Project Prosperity & Faith

Offers several after school and mentoring programs for youth, including a program for foster kids ages 5 to 21, a money management program for youth and an after school tutoring program.
1062 Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 500-8804

Pschtecin High School

Provides students ages 13 to 21 with an 8th to 12th grade educational program. Tuition is free, and students can earn their high school diplomas.
985 Mediterranean Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 985-3428

Safer Schools Ohio

This program is based on four components: Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. They provide guidance to Ohio school administrators in planning, educating staff and enforcing their school’s safety and security operations.  Their website provides resources for school officials ranging from SaferSchools posters, school safety grants to Ohio laws governing school safety.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-6000 or (844) 723-3764 (SaferOH tip line)

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

St. Vincent Family Centers

The partial hospitalization program is for children who have exhausted all other educational alternatives and are at risk of being expelled from their regular school due to severe behavioral problems. The goal of the program is for the children and their families to learn to manage the children’s behaviors so they may return to a regular school setting and eventually graduate from high school.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731

Stowe Baptist Center

Offers tutoring help to students in grades 1 to 12 on Monday nights. They also have a program called Cross Town Kids for children ages 7 to 12 on Friday evenings.
888 South 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

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.
5277 Infinity Court, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 875-3354

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

Helps over 600 children each school year with new school supplies.
2955 Switzer Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 252-2500

Vineyard Community Center

Offers a free school supplies giveaway for single parents and their children every August.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 890-0000

Vineyard Community Center

Offers daytime and evening GED classes and computer literacy classes.  Also offers beginner, intermediate and advanced adult ESOL classes.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5296

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

Welcome Warehouse

Located inside Indian Run United Methodist Church, the Welcome Warehouse offers programs to assist Dublin area families who are temporarily in need.  Those programs include:  Adopt-A-Family, Clothing Warehouse, Furniture Match Program, Multi-lingual and Mobile Computer Labs, Back to School Outreach and Emergency Household Assistance.  Call for details.
6305 Brand Road, Dublin, Ohio  43016
(614) 726-6958

Westside Free Store Ministries

Offers a faith-based after school arts program that is open and free to children in grades 1 to 5 on Wednesday afternoons. Columbus Public Schools provides bus transportation from a select number of elementary schools, and homework help is provided.
61 South Powell Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 351-5480

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