Provides early childhood education and additional supportive services for infants and toddlers ages six weeks through age four, and their families living at or below the poverty line. In addition to child care centers and family child care homes, they offer children onsite medical, hearing, dental, vision exams, developmental screenings, nutritional care and mental health access. They also connect parents to community resources including housing stability, workforce development, education, and financial security. There are no direct fees associated with enrollment in Early Head Start. However, families are required to pay their Publicly Funded Child Care copay to the child care center/family child care home, if applicable.
175 East Seventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
General Information: (614) 292-7680
Apply for Services: (614) 294-2661, ext. 2528
CCAMPIS program authorized by the Higher Education Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Education, supports the participation of low-income parents in college through the provision of childcare services for children 6 weeks to 12 years old. Along with childcare they are provided with priority scheduling, mentoring/coaching and referrals to connect you and your family to university and community resources and services.
84 North Seventeenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Provides training to families to help them understand ways to support their child’s learning, emotional health and plans for the future. They also build professional training and tools for school leaders, teachers, and community partners.
1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Works with Columbus area childcare centers and partners to prevent childhood overweight and obesity by improving food and physical activity for children from birth to 5 years old. Their website also has free information about ways to stay active, healthy beverages, healthy food and more that are age appropriate for children from birth to kindergarten.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-1224 or (614) 645-0261
Provides child care and early learning information free of charge for parents and caregivers; and provide professional support to child care providers. They also offer year-round parenting classes for parents with kids of all ages throughout Central Ohio, provide information about choosing quality child care, and help people who operate home-based childcare.
78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222 in English & Spanish or (855) 302-4453 Toll-free
(800) 750-0750 PTDD/Ohio Relay Service
Provides resources and information for parents and providers on early education, child care, and safe sleep.
Offers disaster presentations, First Aid, CPR, AED, Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care professionals, 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:
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 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, or send a message online for help with setting up the first prenatal visit and refer to other resources.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Community resource map: healthcare-access-columbus.opendata.arcgis.com
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. The website also provides information and resources on starting and operating a successful child care business.
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
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, burns, poison, transportation, home safety, gun safety, sports and recreation, and more.
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:
Find information on various health topics and about the disease, condition, medical procedure or test your child needs.
In Spanish: healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org/Spanish
Parents can apply for an Ohio ID card for their children locally (with the sites listed online), and there is no minimum age. Obtaining Ohio photo ID cards for children helps authorities in the event that the child is reported missing.
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.
2760 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 396-5959 or (877) 547-6978 Toll-free
Ohio Child Care Finder: ohiochildcarefinder.org/find-child-care/index.php
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.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Their website offers a lot of information for professionals about free and reduced price meals at schools, child care centers, summer programs and for individuals who have mental or physical disabilities.
All child care centers in the state of Ohio are licensed by the ODJFS or the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). These websites also provide information on licensing rules, forms and training. Parents can search online for child care providers by location, type of facility and ages of children, 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 checklist.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
ODJFS Child Care Help Desk: (877) 302-2347
Licensing Information: jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/Licensing_Information.stm or education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Preschool-Licensing
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 free 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 CPR/AED, First Aid, ACLS, BLS for health care providers, and PALS classes through the American Heart Association. Classes are taught by nurses and paramedics. They serve all ages as long as the trainee can perform the necessary skills of CPR (approximately 12-90 years of age). Visit the website for schedules and prices.
1350 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 116, Columbus, Ohio 43212