Anyone with young children in their life can use this website to learn about Ohio’s state early childhood programs, resources and agencies. There is helpful information about developmental milestones, screenings, emotional wellness tips, healthy pregnancy and more.
Child Care Search: childcaresearch.ohio.gov
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 in English & Spanish or (855) 302-4453 Toll-free or (800) 750-0750 PTDD/Ohio Relay Service
Offers an online site for parents and providers to find resources related to early education and child care, including resources for children with special needs, nutrition information and injury prevention.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
Offer disaster presentations, First Aid, CPR, AED, Basic Life Support (BLS), babysitting and child care, swimming and water safety and lifeguarding classes/training to the public. Visit their website for a schedule of classes, pricing and registration information.
Ohio Buckeye Regions:
Offers individual and group instruction to children with developmental disabilities ages 3 and higher. They provide educational programming for students pre-K through high school, speech, music and occupational therapy, psychological services, social skills groups, summer programs and parent support groups. They are a provider of Ohio’s Autism Scholarship Program, Jon Peterson Scholarship, Title XX (20), Medicaid, Level One, I. O. and Self Waiver and some insurances as well.
2500 Medary Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
CelebrateOne is a community initiative set up to reduce infant mortality. The website has information, resources and support for pregnant / parenting women and teens. StepOne helps connect women with affordable, timely and convenient prenatal care, and resources like food and housing for a healthy pregnancy. Call their hotline for assistance setting up the first prenatal visit and refer to other resources.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Provides information on how to find high quality child care in the community, including steps toward choosing quality child care, ways to help pay and budget for child care, state-by-state resources and more.
1515 North Courthouse Road, Arlington, Virginia 22201
Provides health and safety training (like CPR, first aid, communicable disease and child abuse recognition and prevention) for child care employees as well as the communities they serve. All training is conducted onsite and classes are open to the public. Cost is minimal.
PO Box 6292, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Provides mentoring and education services to pregnant and teen moms in Franklin County. Some of the classes they offer include: shaken baby prevention presentation, pregnancy and child birth education. They also provide childcare, study help and have a mini boutique, stocked with infant and toddler clothing, diapers, blankets, bedding, small equipment and other necessities needed to care for little ones.
Whitehall Church of the Nazarene
Physical Address: 739 South Yearling Road, Columbus, Ohio 43213
Mailing Address: PO Box 30241, Columbus, Ohio 43230
A free child care resource and referral agency serving families of all income levels within the 31 counties of Ohio in the Appalachian region. They have a list of child care programs, including Head Start Programs, public pre-schools, child care centers, family child care homes, school age programs, and infant care programs. Coad4kids is part of a statewide network of child care resource and referral agencies, so if you live outside their service area call them and they can direct you to an agency near you.
Provides services related to childhood injury prevention:
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Has a national voluntary accreditation program for child care centers who wish to meet quality standards that go above and beyond basic licensing requirements. They also provide research-based resources, tips and ideas for families from child development to reading, writing, music, math and more.
1313 L Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
Their website provides information on a variety of safety topics, including bicycle safety, passenger safety, concussions, backyard safety, child care safety, computer safety and more.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Offers a range of free and low cost classes for children, teens, adults and parents of infants and kids of all ages and abilities. Find courses on everything from babysitting and parenting to CPR training, autism and diabetes. Example classes include:
A free e-newsletter written by pediatric specialists and customized to meet the health and safety needs of your family. When you enter the ages of your own children, you will only get articles that are relevant to your family.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Find information on various health topics and about the disease, condition, medical procedure or test your child needs.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Obtaining Ohio photo ID cards for children assists authorities in the event that the child is reported missing. Parents can apply for an Ohio ID card for their children locally (with the sites listed online), and there is no minimum age.
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Provides professional development and technical assistance to local child care, early learning, and out of school time programs. Click below to their Ohio Child Care Finder is a service to assist parents in search of quality Child Care that embraces best practices and standards, helping to ensure the wellness, safety and growth of their child.
2760 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(877) 547-6978 Toll-free or (614) 396-5959
Ohio Child Care Finder: ohiochildcarefinder.org/find-child-care/index.php
Their website contains helpful resources relating to juvenile justice, foster care, adoption, kinship care (relatives and non-relatives raising children) and information for youth transitioning from the foster system to adulthood. Their website contains advocacy information and helpful resources, as well as a directory of members and services and referral form for services throughout Ohio.
2600 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43231
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 early care and education programs.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Search online for child care providers by location, type of facility and ages of children. Parents can learn about each program, its licensing status, its location and the number and ages of children served. Print out the two-page Parent’s Guide to Choosing Safe and Healthy Child Care, a parent checklist.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(866) 635-3748 or (877) 302-2347, option 4 for Translation serivces
Helps 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. OPEPP is a collaboration among the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and local early childhood mental health providers.
Offers early education and care for children from 6-weeks to 5 years old. Families can enroll their children in our Early Head Start, Head Start, and Preschool classrooms (both publicly funded child care (Title XX) and private pay).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps, programming for children with special needs and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
YMCA Locations & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations
All child care centers in the state of Ohio are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) or the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). This website provides information on licensing rules, forms and training.
(877) 302-2347, option 4, for translation services
County Department of Job and Family Services (CDJFS) Agency Directory: jfs.ohio.gov/County/County_Directory.stm