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General Parenting Classes

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

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Classes

Offers a range of free and low cost classes for parents of kids of all ages (infants to young adults) and abilities. Classes include: basic babysitter training, topics on babysitting raising and parenting children with hearing impairments, ADHD, autism, special needs, developmental disabilities, diabetes and more.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662

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

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

Serves refugees, asylees and immigrants in central Ohio by providing the following services:

  • Free employment counseling, skills training and job placement help
  • Services for new refugees for the first 3 months of their arrival in the U.S
  • ESOL (English) classes and translation services
  • Immigration legal programs, including help with citizenship applications, notary services, visa extensions, green card applications, immigration photos and work authorization
  • Counseling and support to limited English proficient (LEP) people who are victims of crimes or trafficking
  • Health and wellness programs

New clients are seen on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis during open immigration intake at the east office. After paying an initial fee, clients can meet with one of the lawyers.
1925 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 235-5747

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

Offers free in-home parenting classes in Somali and Spanish. They also provide parenting help for teen parents, and offer specific information on how to raise children that are new to America.
1925 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio  43229
(614) 235-5747

Directions for Youth & Families Parenting Classes

Parenting classes help improve the quality of family life. Some classes are free, and others are based on a sliding fee scale, depending on income. Services are provided in homes and other convenient locations in the community. There are specific classes for teen parents, Spanish-speaking parents, parents working with the legal system and parents with children who have behavioral challenges. Their free Ready Set Grow Program is for parents of children ages 2 1/2 to 6, to prepare kids for kindergarten.
3616 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 294-2661

Father 2 Father

This program helps men 16 to 35 become nurturing fathers and develop strong self-sufficient skills by increasing their parenting and life skills and strengthening their employment potential. Services include establishing linkages to community resources. Call for an intake appointment.
80 East Fulton Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 257-6300

Flying Colors Incredible Years Parenting Program

The preschool offers programs for children ages three to five in Licking County, including programs for kids with special needs. Their free 12-week parenting program is designed to help parents build a positive relationship with their child and handle problem behaviors.
119 Union Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-1629

Gladden Community House: Community Service Department

They provide emergency financial assistance, helping families with rent, utilities, prescriptions, access to The Breathing Association mobile medical unit, and other critical needs. Support families involved with protective services through case management, linkage to community resources, and parenting and financial literacy classes. Also, they help stabilize and support Franklin County families at risk of becoming homeless.
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 227-1600

Kids in the House

Create an online account to access thousands of videos about parenting.  A panel of experts including physicians, psychologists, neurologists and therapists can guide you from pregnancy through college with your child.  A unique blog post allows parents to connect and discuss the videos and struggles they may be going through.

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Offers ongoing evening parenting classes for parents with children ages 0 to 12. Child care is provided during the sessions. The classes are for biological families (not foster families) involved with NYAP, but they do take referrals from outside agencies on a case by case basis. They take foster care referrals as well and help connect foster children with resources in the community.

  • 24-Hour Centralized Intake: (877) 692-7226 or (614) 227-9444
  • 527 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9444
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (800) 256-5001 or (614) 252-6927

St. Vincent Family Center Community & Family Services

    • Outpatient Family Services is a family-centered counseling service for children, ages 2-18 and their families. They also offer psychiatric services to children. Families and caregivers are encouraged to be actively involved in the treatment of the children.
    • Early Childhood Mental Health programs are Early Childhood Mental Health- Consultation, Early Childhood Mental Health- Treatment, Helping the Noncompliant Child, and Incredible Years Parenting Program provide individual, family and group mental health consultation services and outpatient therapy to children and their families.
    • Community Support Services Program has two components: Community Psychiatric Support Treatment (CPST) and Intensive Home Based Treatment (IHBT), both provide mental health and case management services to families with children 2-18 years of age (age 21 if considered to have a disability) who are having difficulty in school or at home, have poor coping skills and have mental, emotional and /or behavioral disturbances.

1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 824-5437, ask for Intake