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Celebrate One / Step One

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

  • Hotline: (614) 721-0009
  • Office: (614) 645-1717

celebrateone.info
Community resource map: healthcare-access-columbus.opendata.arcgis.com

Action for Children

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
actionforchildren.org

Bridgeway Academy

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
(614) 262-7520
bridgewayohio.org

Care.com

Allows parents to go online and find babysitters, nannies, child care centers, tutors, au pairs and special needs caregivers in their area.
1400 Main Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02451
(877) 227-3115
care.com

Child Care Aware

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
(800) 424-2246
childcareaware.org

Childhood League Center

Offers early childhood services for children with delays in development, home visitation programs and classes for young children with special needs. Most programs are free or for a small fee.
674 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 253-6933
childhoodleague.org

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

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
(800) 424-2460
naeyc.org/our-work/for-families

Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA)

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
occrra.org
Ohio Child Care Finder: ohiochildcarefinder.org/find-child-care/index.php

Ohio Children’s Alliance (formerly known as OACCA)

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
(614) 461-0014
ohiochildrensalliance.org

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Early Learning and Development

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
jfs.ohio.gov/cdc

YMCA of Central Ohio

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
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org
YMCA Locations & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations