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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. They also offer programs for elementary and middle school students.
314 Granville Road, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 670-7424
acalltocollege.org

Action for Children

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
actionforchildren.org
afclearning.org

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Books Build Connections Toolkit

Early learning resources are provided by the AAP to assist physicians in promoting, helping and guiding parents and caregivers on the importance of early learning, talking and reading for infants and toddlers. This toolkit also shares parent resources to help families learn ways to introduce and explore early learning and reading at home.
aap.org/en-us/literacy/Pages/default.aspx
AAP Books Build Connections Toolkit

American Legion

Offers support programs for veterans and their family, such as temporary financial assistance, a cash grant to support minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership. They also offer youth programming, award college scholarships, and list veteran discounts and services and places to find counseling and mental health support.
National Headquarters: 700 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
legion.org
Contact Information: legion.org/contact

AmeriCorps & ServeOhio

A work program for adults age 18 and older that helps pay for college in exchange for their service through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Members tutor kids, build homes, help with disaster recovery and more. The projects can be full-time or part-time over a 9 to 12 month period or during the summer in many locations throughout Ohio and the US. After serving, young adults are eligible for an education award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.

  • 30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 728-2916
  • CNCS State Office: 200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 493-2755

National Service Hotline: (800) 942-2677
AmeriCorps: americorps.gov
ServeOhio: serveohio.org

Asian American Community Services (AACS)

Provides social services for Asian Americans and Asian immigrant families. The agency advocates for community sustainability through its core services:

  • Family Support Program (FSP) offers after-school and summer programming for K-8th grade youth (Healthy Asian Youth (HAY) Program), cultural-specific case management services for the Korean and Cambodian senior communities (Senior Options Program), and culturally-sensitive advocacy and wrap-around case management services for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, hate crimes, and other forms of violence (Victims of Crime Assistance).
  • 24/7 Interpretation and Translation (I/T) services to hospitals, social service agencies, police, courts, schools, and other public and private organizations.
  • Asian Health Initiative (AHI) offers a weekly free health clinic every Monday, by appointment only, at the OSU Rardin Family Practice.
  • Community Engagement services include English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Computer Literacy classes, Citizenship classes and more.

Office
4700 Reed Road, Suite B, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 220-4023

AHI Free Clinic – OSU Rardin Family Practice
2231 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 293-2700
aacsohio.org

Be WISE Camp

A residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who are entering grades 7 or 8. The camp is located on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
106 College Park Drive, Gambier, Ohio 43022
bewisecamp.org

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus

Serves youth ages 6 through 18 from across the city. For a low cost, the nationally-acclaimed Club provides members with access to after-school and summer programming oriented around three pillars: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character & Leadership. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities and mentoring.

  • Administrative Offices
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    (614) 221-8830
  • J. Ashburn Jr. Clubhouse
    85 Clarendon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 221-8830, ext. 203
  • KIPP Clubhouse
    2750 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
  • Livingston Clubhouse
    825 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Milo-Grogan Clubhouse
    1012 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-4366
  • R.I.S.E. Clubhouse
    68 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 221-8830, ext. 239
  • South Side Clubhouse
    280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 468-9299

bgccolumbus.org

Bridges to Success

Provides guidance and supportive services to young adults who left foster care in Ohio at ages 18, 19 or 20 as they transition to adulthood. They offer services in housing, education, employment and help youth with getting health insurance, finding a doctor or improving physical or mental health in any way.

  • Central Region
    (614) 655-8259
    Counties:  Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Ross, Union, Vinton
  • Southeast Region
    (614) 869-3889
    Counties:  Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, Washington

bridgestosuccess.jfs.ohio.gov

Bridgeway Academy

A full-day private school program from early-intervention/preschool through high school for children with developmental disabilities. They provide speech, music and occupational therapy, psychological services, social skills groups, summer camps and parent support groups. Bridgeway Academy utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). 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.
2500 Medary Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 262-7520
bridgewayohio.org

Broad Street Presbyterian Neighborhood Outreach Program

Offers multiple programs in Columbus individuals, youth and families in zip codes 43203, 43205, 43209, 43213, and 43215. Their Broad Street Food Pantry helps families in need to have healthy meals; COMPASS provides limited rent and utility assistance; their out-of-school and summer programs provide academic enrichment services for K-12 youth. In addition, Columbus Early Learning Centers offers early-childhood care for children (ages 6 weeks through 5 years of age; babies, toddlers, and pre-school).
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 221-6552
bspc.org/mission/community-outreach

Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs

The U.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for educational, cultural, and professional exchanges across the world. Full scholarships for youth are available.
exchanges.state.gov/us
High School Study Abroad: exchanges.state.gov/highschool

Central Community House

A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Services include:

  • Early Education Child Care Center: Offers education-focused child care program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with a focus on preparation for success in Kindergarten and beyond.
  • Community Services: Helps with basic/emergency needs assistance and referrals, community organizing and advocacy, family/household support programs, a community computer lab, community dinners/block parties, and opportunities for neighborhood involvement.
  • Youth and Family Services: Offers personal development and family strengthening programs, afterschool and summer programs.

1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3157
cchouse.org

Central Ohio Public Libraries

Visit your local library to get access to free books, music, movies and documentaries. Most libraries will also have group reading times for children, homework help, fun events for people of all ages and more.

Here is a map of all Ohio public libraries from Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)oplin.org/fal

Franklin County

Delaware County

Fairfield County

Hocking County

Licking County

Madison County

Morrow County

Perry County

Pickaway County

Union County

Child Development Council (CDC) of Franklin County

Delivers Head Start and Early Head Start educational services to infants and children aged 6 weeks-5 years of age. They operate full and part-day centers, partner with privately-owned child care centers and provide one-on-one home base services. They also offer mental health services, disabilities services, developmental screenings, nutrition services, onsite medical screenings, kindergarten readiness preparation, speech, vision, and hearing screenings, educational field trips, and various family engagement opportunities. Case management services are provide to parents and caretakers including economic mobility services, workforce development, adult education services, and advocacy and resource support. Visit the website for Head Start locations and Child Care partner agencies.
Enrollment Line: (614) 431-2066
cdcheadstart.org

Childhood League Center

Offers early childhood educational services for children under the age of 6 with and without developmental delays. They also provide home-based services 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

City Year Columbus

A division of AmeriCorps that brings together youth ages 18 to 24 for a year of full-time community service and leadership development. Participants work in local schools and may receive education awards, scholarships and paid stipends.
35 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 586-4520
cityyear.org/columbus

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

  • The CRC Family Services & Choice Food Pantry help is provided in many areas including food, housing, health care and transportation; as well as clothing, and helps with employment.
  • The Youth Services – Kids Club is an afterschool and summer program for youth in grades K-5 at various locations.
  • The Kinship Care Program supports relative caregivers of children who cannot be cared for by their parents. The program helps children avoid placement in a non-related foster home when parents are absent.

Office: 3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539
Family Services & Choice Food Pantry: 14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-8118
clintonvillecrc.org

College & High School Aspiring Mothers Partnership for Success Program (CHAMPS)

Mentoring program between college single parent students and Columbus area high school teen girls and young women who are parenting or pregnant. They offer one-on-one mentoring and online group mentoring. They accept applications into the fall for the school year. This program is provided through The Ohio State University ACCESS Collaborative Program.
Mailing Address: 154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Physical Address: 84 North Seventeenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 247-7092
odi.osu.edu/champs

College Confidential

Helps students find the best education for their career goals through community discussion forums, articles written by experts, scholarship search engine and their school search tool.
collegeconfidential.com

Columbus City Schools (CCS) Adult & Community Education (ACE)

Offers free GED prep and ESOL classes for adults, and basic skills literacy classes for adults, as well as vocational training programs for adults at different sites throughout Franklin County.
2323 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211

  • Main Campus: (614) 365-6000
  • Aspire (GED & ESOL): (380) 997-7633
  • School of Practical Nursing: (380) 997-7617
  • ESL classes: (380) 997-7636

ccsoh.us/Page/334
ESL Language Assistance Contact List: ccsoh.us/domain/213

Columbus City Schools (CCS) Special Needs Preschool

Provides early intervention opportunities for children ages 3 to 5, who have special needs in one of the following developmental areas based on the state and federal guidelines: language, cognition, motor skills, adaptive behavior and social-emotional development.
2571 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 365-5205 or (614) 365-5204
ccsoh.us/Page/1224

Columbus Learning Center for Dyslexia

Helps keep students in regular educational programs and often allows them to avoid being qualified as learning disabled. They provide year-round tutoring to students with dyslexia.
290 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 799-1261
Local: helpusread.org
National (Children’s Dyslexia Centers): childrensdyslexiacenters.org

Columbus Literacy Council (CLC)

Offers free adult education programs, basic literacy classes (including financial, workplace and technology literacy) for families, citizenship classes and GED test preparation. They also provide career coaching and entrepreneurship skill building, life and wellness coaching, ASL (American Sign Language) classes, Spanish classes and more. For youth they offer tutoring and homework help, summer camps for children ages 7-13 years old, internships, and an employment program (called A.M.P.) that provides job skills and work experience to youth and young adults between the ages of 14-24 in Franklin County.

  • 92 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • 1394 Courtright Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227

(614) 224-0501
clcworks.org

Columbus Museum of Art (CMA)

Offers half-day and full day summer camps, workshops for homeschoolers, free and pay-what-you-want admission days and offers free studio space for children and teens to experiment, play, and explore with imaginative ideas and unexpected materials. General admission is free on Sunday.
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6801
columbusmuseum.org
Teen Open Studio: columbusmuseum.org/calendar-and-events/?search=teen+open+studio
Homeschool Workshops: columbusmuseum.org/homeschool-workshops-registration

Columbus Recreation & Parks Capital Kids Program

Offers academic programs and a safe place to learn and play after school and during the summer for a very low cost. Children can get homework help, tutoring and a nutritious snack and/or hot meal. They also offer anger management, substance abuse, violence prevention and recreation and enrichment activity (like field trips, drama and art) programs are offered.

  • Administration Office
    1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 645-3330
  • Beatty Community Center
    247 North Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 645-3635
  • Freddersen Community Center
    3911 Dresden Street, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 645-3636
  • Marion Franklin Community Center
    2801 Lockbourne Road, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 645-5456
  • Sullivant Garden Community Center
    755 Renick Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 645-8171

columbus.gov/capitalkids

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) Financial Aid

Their financial aid page has information about local, state and federal scholarship and grant opportunities.
550 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
cscc.edu/services/financial-aid
Financial Aid Answers 24/7: cscc.financialaidtv.com

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) 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, East, West, Linden-McKinley or Maron-Franklin High School. Upward Bound has a 100% college placement rate.
55 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5875
cscc.edu/services/upwardbound

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower African Americans and marginalized groups through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services. Visit the website to learn more about the different programs that fall under these six categories:

788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300
cul.org

Columbus Virtual Credit Advancement Program (VCAP)

Columbus City Schools offers online courses through the Virtual Credit Advancement Program (VCAP). High school course offerings taught by certificated teachers are available to students, grades 9-12, who wish to earn credit toward graduation by an alternative means. Eligible students must live in the district and be 21 or younger but not earned enough credits to graduate.
364 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 365-5485
ccsoh.us

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium & The Wilds

Offers animal and nature programs and camps for youth ages 18 months to adults. Programs range from homeschool, summer and holiday camps, to volunteer opportunities, internships and opportunities to earn high school credit. Scholarships are available.

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, tutoring, health resources, college and career readiness. They are an in-school program, so contact your school administrator to see if Communities in Schools offers supportive services for your child.
6500 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 268-2472
ciskids.org

Community for New Direction (CND)

CND is a non-profit agency that provides services for adults and youth in three areas: prevention, intervention, and treatment. Their youth services include a Summer Day Camp, after-school program, and in-school program. They teach leadership development, anti-bullying and violence prevention, job readiness, college preparedness, and focus on ATOD-V (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as violence) education. They also take high-school aged youth on an annual college tour and offer a FOCUS (Future Opportunities Created for Urban Students) program.

  • Administrative Office
    2323 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 160, Columbus, Ohio 43204
  • East Office
    993 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • West Office
    2096 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
  • South Office
    1008 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Outpatient Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services
    1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

Main Phone: (614) 272-1464
Treatment Services Phone: (614) 252-4941
cndcolumbus.org

Community Parks & Recreation Programs in Your Neighborhood

Columbus has parks and recreation centers throughout the city and surrounding areas. They provide a variety of programs, camps and classes for children, teens and adults. Click below to find local programs in your neighborhood.

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Offers interactive experiences, exhibitions and more. COSI features live shows, special events, family programs, single day and summer camps, and career exploration, workshops for homeschoolers. They offer a special Family Access Membership that is available for families who get WIC, Ohio Directions (EBT) or Ohio Medicaid.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2674
cosi.org

Data Science for Women Summer Camp

A free week-long summer camp that introduces young women in grades 8-10 to the data science and analytics field. Students will gain hands-on experience on scientific methods and processes for extracting new knowledge from data, using animation software, giving presentations. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University, Translational Data Analytics Institute
1760 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
tdai.osu.edu/summer-camp

Davidson Institute for Talent Development

Provides programs and services for gifted and talented young people. It also provides opportunities for gifted students to develop their talents. Their website contains resources for educators, parents and students.
(775) 852-3483, ext. 435
davidsongifted.org

Dawes Arboretum

Offers summer day camps, homeschool programs and preschool programs for youth ages 3-14. They have nearly 2,000 acres of plant collections, gardens, hiking trails and natural areas for people to explore. Scholarships are available.
7770 Jacksontown Road Southeast, Newark, Ohio 43056
(740) 323-2355 or (800) 443-2937 Toll-free
dawesarb.org

Delaware Area Career Center (DACC)

Offers programs for both high school students and adults to improve skills so they can be better prepared to enter the workforce and advance within the workforce, by offering college credits, industry credentials and hands-on experiences.

  • North Campus: 1610 State Route 521, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 363-1993
  • South Campus: 4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 548-0708

delawareareacc.org

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF)

Program: Offers youth and their families mental, emotional and behavioral health programs and services. Licensed social workers and counselors provide counseling and clinical treatment programs addressing a range of issues including school concerns, sexual abuse, delinquency, domestic violence, family conflict, substance abuse and mental health issues. They also offer parenting classes, free kindergarten readiness programs and after-school and summer programs at their two youth centers.
Eligibility: ages (from 6 weeks old up to 21 years old) vary per program
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income); most programs are free
Referral: 
individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else for the counseling programs; for psychiatric services they need to be referred through a Directions for Youth counselor

  • DFYF Main Office
    1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-2661
  • DFYF East Office
    3616 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 251-0103
  • Ohio Avenue Youth Center
    657 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 258-8043
  • Crittenton Center
    3840 Kimberly Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 694-0203

Intake: (614) 294-2661
dfyf.org

Disability Rights Ohio

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, community integration, voting and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
200 Civic Center Drive, Suite 300, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181
disabilityrightsohio.org

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology)

Contains information about scholarship and financial aid programs for students with disabilities.
PO Box 354842, Seattle, Washington 98195
(888) 972-3648 Voice/TTY
washington.edu/doit

Dominican Learning Center

Tutors adults 18 years and older in reading, writing, math, and computers, as well as GED preparation and learning English as a Second Language (ESL) 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, ext. 1
domlearningcenter.org

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Offers tuition-free programs for high school juniors and seniors at more than 15 school districts in central Ohio, including job training, career programs, college prep classes, GED classes, ESL training and help finding a job. They also offer free summer camps for students in grades 6 to 8 explore career options.

  • District Office
    4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    (614) 836-4530
  • Eastland Career Center
    4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    High School: (614) 836-5725
    Adult Workforce Development: (614) 836-4541
  • Fairfield Career Center
    3985 Coonpath Road Northwest, Carroll, Ohio 43112
    High School / Adult Workforce Development: (614) 837-9443 or (740) 756-9243

eastlandfairfield.com
Summer Camp: eastlandfairfield.com/SummerCamp.aspx

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS)

Helps immigrants and refugees from all countries establish roots and gain self-sufficiency in Central Ohio. They offer job training, mentoring, English language classes, after school tutoring for children, case management for victims of domestic violence and much more. They provide these youth, adult and family care programmings at various sites throughout Central Ohio. Visit the website for a list of all the program sites.
Main Office: 1060 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 252-5362
ethiotss.org
Locations: ethiotss.org/location

Expanding Visions

Offers career development service to teenagers preparing for success in the workforce, adults looking to further their careers and middle school students developing leadership skills that will propel them to successful careers. They also offer life coaching to help graduates along their career paths. Visit the website for contact information.
PO Box 245, Brice, Ohio 43109
expandingvisions.net

Finish Your Diploma

This website provides support, guidance, resources and job search help for anyone who needs help to learning to read, preparing for the high school equivalency tests (GED) or learning the English language. There are also other adult learning assistance information available.
(877) 389-6874
finishyourdiploma.org

Flying Colors Public Preschool

Offers early childhood educational support for children with special needs living in the Licking County school districts. They also perform evaluations on children ages 3 to 6 in the county to determine special educational needs.
119 Union Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-1629
facebook.com/FlyingColorsPublicPreschool

Form Your Future

Provides helpful information on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
formyourfuture.org

Fugees Academy Columbus

Provides refugee youth ages 11 and up education, year-round soccer programming, after-school tutoring, academic enrichment summer camp, leadership training and other resources and support to empower them to succeed in academics, soccer, and to positively impact their wider communities. Tuition is free and they offer free lunch.
1933 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(678) 358-0547
fugeesfamily.org

Gertrude Wood Community Foundation (GWCF)

Offers mentoring programs for youth ages 10-18, annual school supply giveaways, provide free fresh produce and food items; financial literacy classes, and community-based services and affordable housing for youth and families living in the Driving Park Area and surrounding communities.
975 Bulen Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 252-7456
gwoodfoundation.com

Girls Exploring Math

A summer program for young women in middle school and high school to experience mathematics through engaging activities in a nontraditional environment. Participants will build confidence in their math and programming abilities and develop a deeper understanding of a variety of topics, including mathematical and algorithmic reasoning and problem solving skills.
The Ohio State University, Department of Mathematics
231 West Eighteenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
facebook.com/ExploreMathOSU
math.osu.edu/beyond-the-classroom-girls-exploring-math

Gladden Community House

  • Youth Services & Preschool – Provide educational services such as preschool, after-school, summer day camp and team sport programming.
  • Gladden Food Pantry – Provides emergency food assistance to households living within the service area (zip codes 43222, 43223, and 43215). Other services available at the pantry: home delivery to people with disabilities, and diapers are available. Contact for hours of operation.
  • Community Service Department – They provide emergency financial assistance (e.g. rent, utilities, prescriptions, and other critical needs), access to The Breathing Association mobile medical unit and help stabilize and support Franklin County families at risk of becoming homeless. They also offer case management services.

183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 227-1600
gladdenhouse.org

Godman Guild

Offer free adult education classes (like GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer lab), community engagement programs, and youth programming (like after school homework help, mentoring, summer programs, internships and career exploration).
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207 (Only adult education and workforce development services)
(614) 294-5476
godmanguild.org

Gratitude Initiative

Provides educational support and college scholarships to the children of military service members, veterans, disabled veterans, and those killed during active duty.
101 Vintage Drive, Red Oak, Texas 75154
(979) 378-0071
gratitudeinitiative.org

Great Schools

This website lists school ratings and reviews, as well as provide practical advice and information on raising successful, college-ready kids. Their E-ssential Guide to Assistive Technology provides an overview of current technologies to help parents select the right tools for their children.
greatschools.org

Handshake America

High school student-athletes participate in a one-year “coaching” program to develop skills in perseverance, professionalism, positivity and more. The program consists of a college scholarship, the assignment of a Handshake Coach, and several meetings throughout the calendar year to help prepare student-athletes for their future. The students submit applications in the middle of their junior year. Visit the website for contact information.
handshakeamerica.org

Heartland High School

Provides students in recovery from substance use disorders with a recovery-centered education and a safe and supportive environment. Heartland High School is a private school that provide education to students in grades 9-12 and under the age of 22; they award graduates with a state-recognized diploma. Visit the website for contact information.
Broad Street Presbyterian Church
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
heartlandhighschool.org

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, pre-college support and career development opportunities and programs.
hacu.net/hacu/HACU_Student_Programs.asp

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page

This is a comprehensive website about giftedness, with links to articles, resources, and major national programs for gifted children.
hoagiesgifted.org

Home Schooler Supplement Programs

Note: CAP4Kids does not recommend or endorse any specific organization. We encourage families to carefully review and evaluate all services.

Homeless Families Foundation (HFF)

Serves children and their families living in poverty, helping them to get housing and resources, while providing educational after-school/summer programming and support for kids grades K-8. They also host Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) a program for three and four-year-old children, not enrolled in Pre-K, who will soon enter Kindergarten.
33 North Grubb Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 461-9247
Homeless & Emergency Shelter: (614) 274-7000
homelessfamiliesfoundation.org

I Know I Can (IKIC)

Offers a range of services for students in Columbus City Schools to prepare them to enter and succeed in college, including providing help with financial aid and scholarships.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 233-9510
iknowican.org

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. Visit the website for contact information.
imagine-america.org

IMPACT Community Action

Provides income-based case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs. Most of the programs are for Franklin County residents living at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level. Visit the website or call for more information.

  • Emergency assistance services: household items, burial support, rent/mortgage, transportation, water and energy (HEAP) assistance, food giveaways during the summer
  • Empowerment services: computer classes, financial services, re-entry program, programs for foster youth and youth, ages 14-24 not enrolled in school and are not employed (AMP program), workforce development/employment, vocational training and certification, mobile medical unit in partnership with the Breathing Association
  • Energy assistance services: free home repairs through their Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and energy efficient lighting and refrigerator/freezer replacement through their AEP Program

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • General: (614) 252-2799
  • Emergency Assistance: (866) 747-1038
  • AMP (Achieve More & Prosper): (614) 453-1709 or (614) 233-2671

impactca.org
AMP website: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/amp
Franklin County Housing Stabilization Coalition: stablehousingcoalition.org

INFOhio

Offers early learning and K-12 information and digital resources (like websites and apps) for parents and educators of children ages three through five. All resources align with the Ohio Department of Education Standards.
infohio.org

Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus

Provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts opportunities. They also offer teen programs, summer and spring break camps for kids with and without special needs, after school programs, preschool and daycare, special events and more.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-2731
columbusjcc.org

Khan Academy

Free online educational videos on topics K-12 including math by subject and by grade, science and engineering, computing, arts and humanities, economics and finance, test prep, college, careers and more. Khan Academy Kids offer free, fun, educational program for kids ages 2-7. Khan Academy has been translated into other languages. You can see the full list of languages and how much has been translated here.

KnowHow2Go

Provides information for middle and high school students about how to prepare for and enter into college.
knowhow2go.acenet.edu

Lead the Way Learning Academy

Provides youth development programs and activities for Franklin County youth ages 5-13. After School Learning Zone and Summer Learning Zone offer homework help, academic enrichment, field trips, fitness, free meals and other fun and exciting enrichment activities. Services are free to TANF eligible families. Visit the website for summer and after school site locations.
Headquarters: 6600 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 842-4993
leadthewaylearningacademy.org

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)

A national, non-profit organization that helps develop academic and leadership skills in public high school students who come from low-income households or will be first-generation college students. LEDA Scholars are recruited as juniors in high school and spend the following summer at the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute. The 7-week summer program is free and includes leadership study, writing instruction, standardized test preparation and college guidance.
315 West Thirty-ninth Street, New York, New York 10018
(646) 787-0628
ledascholars.org

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC)

Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio. Legal Aid attorneys may be able to help you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, foreclosure, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax, veterans, education and “Brief Advice” clinics.

  • Columbus Office: (serves Franklin and Madison county)
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001 or (888) 246-4420 Toll-free
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or (877) 224-8374 Toll-free
  • Marion Office: (serves Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union county)
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or (888) 301-2411 Toll-free

columbuslegalaid.org

Lower Lights Ministries (LLM)

A faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. They offer transitional housing for previously incarcerated women, low-income families and individuals, and females with substance use disorders. They also provide free meals, tutoring and youth programs, finance, employment, education, life coaching, hair and beauty salon services. Visit the website for more information on the programs they offer.
1066 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223

  • (614) 228-3855
  • Recovery Program: (614) 947 0497
  • Lower Lights Salon: (614) 928 3398

lowerlights.org
lowerlightssalon.com

Marburn Academy

Provides schooling for students in grades 1-12 with learning difficulties, such as ADHD and dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. They also offer free parent seminars, free early reading screenings, assessment, private tutoring and summer school. Financial aid and tuition loan programs are available.
9555 Johnstown Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 433-0822
marburnacademy.org

Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted & Talented

This residential summer camp at the campus of Otterbein University offers rising high school juniors and seniors the chance to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through a set of seminars, hands-on workshops, and field trips. Need-based financial assistance is available.
1 South Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 823-1570
otterbein.edu/events-conferences/summercamps/essex

Mathnasium of Columbus East

Provides math-only tutoring for children in grades 2nd and up. They offer free tuition math tutoring and enrichment for all students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch at school, grades 2 through 12.
3323 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(614) 870-3552
mathnasium.com/columbuseast

MCS-TOUCH (Metropolitan Community Services Teaching Opportunity Unity by Connecting Hearts)

This program is for low income youth, ages 16 through 24, 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.
4040 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(614) 338-8733
mcstouch.org

Metro Schools

The Metro Schools including the Metro Early College High School (MECHS), the Metro Early College Middle School (MECMS), and the Metro Institute of Technology (MIT) offers a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and prepares Central Ohio students for college.
1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 259-6639
themetroschool.org

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

A free six-week residential academic enrichment program for rising high school seniors who have a strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. Students’ housing, meals and activity costs covered and they only have to pay for transportation to and from MIT. Visit the website for contact information.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
oeop.mit.edu/programs/mites

Mosaic

Serves high school juniors and seniors from public schools in Franklin County. Students of the humanities program pursue in-depth research projects, engage with the local arts community and earn high school credit. Founded by the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio. Visit the website for additional contact information.
(614) 202-8634
escco.org/MosaicHumanities-BasedEducationExperience.aspx

My Future

Helps young adults plan their next steps in life by bringing together information about colleges, careers and military service opportunities. They do not offer career counseling, but acknowledges that self-assessment is key to developing career goals.
myfuture.com

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Supports gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building and research. They provide resources and information for parents and families, K-12 education professionals, and members of the research and higher education community.
1331 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
nagc.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Futures Matter Program

An 8-week paid summer research experience on the campus of Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. High school sophomores and juniors will be placed with a researcher for a hands-on science experience, while being exposed to various careers in biomedical research. Visit the website for contact information.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
nationwidechildrens.org/research/training-opportunities/futures-matter-program

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Mechanisms of Human Health & Disease

This summer program offers college-level experiences in medicine and research to motivated and high-achieving high school science students. The top students from this program are given the opportunity to participate in an internship and mentorship at Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/mechanisms-of-human-health-and-disease

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) SPARK Program

A free program to help your child get ready for kindergarten. The SPARK Program will come to you at your home or a location of your choice. They will work with you and your child to learn new words, letter sounds, read books, learn to write and do preschool math. This program is for a child who will start kindergarten in the Fall and live in zip codes 43205, 43206, or 43207. Visit the website for additional contact and application information.
(614) 355-0714 or (614) 355-0617
nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/courses-for-parents-and-kids/spark-program

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS)

Current high school students who attend or whose home Columbus City School is South or Marion-Franklin High, are able to have homework help, cultural field trips, college tours, test prep, career exposure, a six-week college-going experience with work-study opportunities and more. This program is free for eligible students. Visit the website for more information and how to apply.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
nationwidechildrens.org/upwardbound

Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC)

Promotes and supports the development of gifted students through giving out information and supporting gifted children in the school system.
Physical Address: 501 Morrison Road, Columbus, Ohio 43230
Mailing Address: PO Box 30801, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 337-0386
oagc.com

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)

Provides information and resources for parents of children with disabilities; parents can call to get one-on-one assistance. They offers resources for parents of children with disabilities and parents can call to get one-to-one assistance.
165 West Center Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
(740) 382-5452
ocecd.org

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Community/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. The website provides an overview of community schools, community school report cards and a complete school list including a directory of Dropout Recovery and Prevention Schools.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7058
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Community-Schools

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Dispute Resolution

Situations may arise where parents or other family members believe a school has violated federal or state law. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) and Office of Early Learning & School Readiness (EL&SR) encourage parents, family members and schools to work together to resolve differences for free. The website provides information about mediation services and more.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-2650 or (877) 644-6338 Toll-free
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/Dispute-Resolution

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Early Learning

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
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) English Learners

This site has resources for students whose primary or home language is other than English who need special language assistance in order to effectively participate in school instructional programs. Lau Resource Center for English Learners 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
(614) 446-4109
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/English-Learners
Lau Resource Center: education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/English-Learners/Lau-Resource-Center

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Family & Community Engagement

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.
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Family-and-Community-Engagement/Getting-Involved-with-your-Child-s-Learning

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Gifted Education

Provides information on gifted education for professionals and parents of gifted children. Topics that are covered include: teaching, screening and identification; rules, regulations and policies for gifted education and resources for parents on giftedness.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Gifted-Education

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
(740) 703-5844 or (216) 544-6564
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohio-Graduation-Requirements

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Home Education / Home Schooling

Lists requirements for home educating parents, resources for home education, rules and regulations, contact information and more.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohio-Education-Options/Home-Schooling
Ohio Home Education Law: codes.ohio.gov/oac/3301-34

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
(614) 644-0628
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Kindergarten

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. The website provides resources and information regarding homeless children and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 387-7725
education.ohio.gov/Topics/District-and-School-Continuous-Improvement/Federal-Programs/Elementary-and-Secondary-Education-Act/Programs-Administered-Under-ESEA/McKinney-Vento-Resources-for-Awareness

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Ohio Options for Adult Diploma & Ohio High School Equivalence

This site has information on getting a GED, including testing centers and preparation classes. Also, they offer information about Adult Diploma Programs which provides job training and for adults, ages 22 or older to earn industry credentials, and an alternative way to earn a high school diploma.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Ohio-Options-for-Adult-Diploma

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Ohio School Options

Outlines the school options available in Ohio including, other than public or private schools, open enrollment, career-technical education, College Credit Plus (formerly known as PSEO and Dual Enrollment), community (charter) schools, home schooling, credit flexibility and scholarships.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohio-Education-Options

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Scholarship Programs

Includes information about the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, the U.S. Senate Youth Program and the Autism Scholarship Program. The Ohio Educational Choice (EdChoice) Scholarship Program provides scholarships or vouchers for students from under-performing schools to attend private schools.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 728-2743 or (877) 644-6338
Text “OHED EC” to 468311 to get texts for EdChoice Scholarship
education.ohio.gov/Scholarships
education.ohio.gov/Media/Sign-up-for-Text-Alerts/Subscribe-to-Ohio-Education-Options-Text-Alerts

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) School 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.
reportcard.education.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Higher Education (OhioHigherEd)

Their website has information about two-year and four-year programs, credit transfer, ways to help finance college and more. They also offer 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 at their College Access Information Hotline.

25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-6000
College Access Information Hotline: (800) 233-6734
ohiohighered.org/students

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) Learning, Earning & Parenting (LEAP)

Helps teen parents or pregnant teens finish school by providing cash assistance. Students must be under the age of 20 and working on earning either their GED or high school diploma.
1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(844) 640-6446
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/cash-assistance
Ohio Law & Rules about LEAP: codes.ohio.gov/oac/5101:1-23-50

Ohio Education & Training Voucher (ETV) Program

This federally-funded, state-administered program helps youth who were in U.S. foster care. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students.
(855) 471-1931
fc2sprograms.org/ohio
Foster Care to Success national website: fc2sprograms.org

Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library

Provides free books to children from birth to age 5. Through the partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library you can sign up to get a free book very month. Visit the website to enroll in the program and for contact information.
ohioimaginationlibrary.com

Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition

Provides young artists in Ohio with opportunities to advance their talent through scholarships or simply experiencing the process of entering their work in a competition. The exhibition is open to all Ohio high schools, both public and private, chartered by the State of Ohio Department of Education.
197 South Westmoor Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 272-1678
govart.org
govart.org/scholarships.htm

Ohio Head Start Association

Use their county directory map to find Head Start providers and services in each county in Ohio. Visit their website for contact information.
ohsai.org

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Offers several free services to the Latino community including: homework help, educational after school programs and summer camps; 24/7 translation and interpretation services for multiple languages, ESL and citizenship classes for adults; tobacco free program, free car seat checks, and support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Main Office
    100 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
  • Cultural and Educational Centers
    3431 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
    3360 Kohr Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    3556 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204

(614) 840-9934
ohiohispaniccoalition.org

Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership (OPEPP)

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.
(844) 678-2227
nationwidechildrens.org/preschool-expulsion-prevention

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.
40 Northwoods Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 781-6344
ohiopta.org/Programs

Ohio School for the Deaf (OSD)

Provides support and education to Ohio’s deaf and hard of hearing students from age 6 weeks up through high school. They offer year-round after school programs, summer programs, family events and more. Deaf and hard of hearing children with an IEP are eligible for the preschool program at no cost. Visit their website for additional contact information.
500 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 728-1424
osd.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/osd

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

Works with families and children, farmers and business owners, community leaders and elected officials to build better lives, better businesses and better communities in Ohio. Many programs fall into four categories, including;

2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181
Franklin County Office: franklin.osu.edu/home
extension.osu.edu

Ohio State University (OSU) Upward Bound

Provides high school students with year-round tutoring services, test preparation, college/cultural tours and personal/career development activities and workshops. They encourage first-generation and/or low income college bound 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who attend or live in the service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools to apply for admission.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-2344
odi.osu.edu/upward-bound

Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) Summer Institute (SI)

A 2-week summer residential program that gives high school students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year hands-on learning. Working in small teams, the students use supercomputers for science, engineering and computer science projects. Partial scholarships are available.
1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 292-9248
osc.edu/education/si

Ohio Wesleyan University Junior League (OWjL) Camp

A residential summer camp program for gifted and talented students in grades 6-8. Campers select four courses from an academic program that includes mathematics, logic, computing, science, humanities and creative development. Cultural, recreational and social activities round out the experience. Scholarships are available.
(740) 368-3939
61 South Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
owu.edu/about/offices-services/owjl-camp

OhioMeansJobs

Free extensive one-stop employment services for young and old, working and unemployed. Services include walk-in access to a career resource room, job fairs and job postings. They also offer free support in preparing career planning, academic and skill testing, hands-on computer classes, GED preparation, creating resumés and cover letters, preparing for interviews and more.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 559-5052 or (888) 296-7541
omjcfc.org

Our Military Kids

Support military kids by funding sports, arts and other enrichment activities when their parents are deployed overseas with the National Guard or Reserves, or recovering from severe injuries sustained in a post-9/11 overseas mission through financial grants.
6861 Elm Street, McLean, Virginia 22101
(866) 691-6654 Toll-free
ourmilitarykids.org

Quest Bridge

A nonprofit organization that supports high-achieving, low-income students to achieve success in college through their programs that offer an academic mentoring program for juniors and full four-year scholarships to colleges.
445 Sherman Ave, Palo Alto, California 94306
(888) 275-2054 Toll-free
questbridge.org

Reading Rockets

Provides many resources for families, including help for struggling readers, help for kids with dyslexia, literacy apps, webcasts, common core information, book lists, reading classes and more.
readingrockets.org

Red Treehouse

This online resource supporting the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and young adults, prenatal to age 25. The website helps families find resources, organizations and events to meet their specific needs and challenges. Users can customize profiles by location (counties within Ohio), age ranges and topics of interest.
10415 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
redtreehouse.org

Reeb Avenue Center

Provides a variety of programs designed to strengthen families on the south side area of Columbus. Their services include GED classes, adult education and workforce development, early education child care, youth and family services, in collaboration with community partners (Boys & Girls Club, Lutheran Social Services, Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, Godman Guild, St. Stephens, Alvis, Amethyst, OSU Extension, Community Development for All People and South Side Roots Café).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9280
reebavenuecenter.org

Riverview International Center (RIC)

This resource center was created to assist with some of the basic needs of both new and established immigrants and refugees in the Riverview Drive neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. They offer general advocacy (like help with navigating mail, bills, appointments and federal benefit applications), English classes, employment services, computer literacy assistance, citizenship assistance, legal clinic help, homework help, summer programing and more.
552 Riverview Drive, Apartment B, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 427-3368
riverviewinternationalcenter.org

Ross Mathematics Program

An intensive six-week summer course for high school students interested in mathematics and eager to explore more advanced ideas. Ross participants spend most of each day working on challenging sets of problems dealing with abstract mathematical concepts. Admission decisions are based on several criteria. Financial aid is available.
The Ohio State University
231 West Eighteenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(844) 262-8409
rossprogram.org

Rotary Youth Exchange

Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens through an exchange program for youth ages 15-19, sponsored by your local Rotary club. Visit the website to find your local Rotary club.
rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
my.rotary.org/en/search/club-finder

Salvation Army

Serves: Single Adults & Families
Offers various services for Central Ohio families throughout the year. Their services include: an in-residence rehabilitation program, after school learning centers for youth to get tutoring and homework help, job help, Christmas assistance; free meals and produce giveaways, furniture assistance, housing and rent assistance, utility assistance and veteran support services. Visit the website for their Family Thrift Store locations in Central Ohio and for more information on each program.

  • Administrative Office
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 221-6561
  • Chapel at Worthington Woods Worship & Service Center
    760 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 846-1884
  • Citadel Worship & Service Center
    3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 262-9611
  • Delaware Worship & Community Center
    340 Lake Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-5301
  • East Main Worship & Service Center
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-6811
  • Hilltop Worship & Service Center
    2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 274-7600

co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio
Link to Family Thrift Store list: co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/family-stores-in-central-ohio

Sesame Street in the Communities

Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives. Explore topics related to health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.

sesamestreetincommunities.org
To view their additional toolkit: sesamestreet.org/toolkits

Sound Aloud

A faith-based non-profit organization that offers creative arts classes, holistic health and free mentoring and outreach programs. They also offer intern and apprenticeship opportunities to students. Their classes serve students from ages 5 to adults, to the homeschooling community and organizations. Their programs and classes have a minimal fee, which teach fine arts, dance, theater, choir, band, wellness, music lessons and more.

  • 89 West Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • 7350 Sawmill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235

(614) 593-6061
soundaloud.org

South Side Early Learning

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). They also provide parenting classes and supportive services for caregivers.
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 444-1529
southsidelearning.org

South Western City Schools Head Start Program

The Head Start and Early Childhood Education program is for income eligible 3 and 4 year old children living in the Grove City and Columbus (South-Western school district) area.

  • Bostic Center
    2975 Kingston Avenue, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 801-8524 or (614) 801-8523
  • Stiles Family Center
    4704 Stiles Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 801-8389 or (614) 801-8391
  • Cherry Creek YMCA
    600 Fox Ridge Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 878-7260
  • Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
    3500 First Avenue, Urbancrest, Ohio 43123
    (614) 539-1770
  • South-Western Special Education Preschool Center
    4324 Haughn Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 801-8448

swcsd.us/our-schools/special-schools

South-Western City School District (SWCSD) Career Tech

Junior and senior students can take classes toward graduation that include academic knowledge and technical skills. They also offer GED, ESL and other adult education programs. Visit the website for more information on career technical education for high school students.
South-Western Career Academy
4750 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 801-3400
swcsdcareertech.com

St. John Learning Center

Offers free GED, computer training, employment and entrepreneurial skills training, as well as prenatal/parenting workshops.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 547-2171
stjohnlearning.wordpress.com

St. Stephen’s Community House

Provides childcare for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old, family services, senior services, and youth programming for youth ages 5 to 18 years of age. They also have a Choice Food Pantry, urban farm, Christmas gift programs, rent assistance and other neighborhood services.
1500 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 294-6347
saintstephensch.org

St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Microloan Program

Provides individuals with low-interest loans. Loans will be provided for one-time expenses to individuals who can demonstrate that they can pay back the loan. Loans are for expenses such as a car repair, a home repair, educational expenses, and medical expenses not covered by insurance. They do not provide loans for expenses such as rent, food, or utilities. Individuals will also be provided with their own credit union account. They can also use this account for direct deposit of paychecks and to cash checks for free. All applicants will be visited by SVdP financial mentors who will provide information on finances, consumer protection information, and connect to other community resources.
197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 285-4473 or (614) 221-3554
svdpcolumbus.org/microloan_mission
Contact for Delaware, Fairfield, Knox, Licking and Ross County: svdpcolumbus.org/contact_info
Note: CAP4Kids does not recommend or endorse any specific company. We encourage families to carefully review and evaluate all services.

STEM Summer Bridge Program

This program is an annual no-cost STEM program that prepares high school students to earn their Associate of Science degree at Columbus State Community College (CSCC). Visit the website for contact information.
600 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
cscc.edu/academics/departments/science/futurescientists/stembridge.shtml

Stowe Mission of Central Ohio

A faith-based, non-profit organization that provide various services including, a community kitchen, tutoring, adult literacy and GED prep classes; school supply giveaway, Christmas toy giveaway, food pantry, pregnancy support; vision, dental, eye clinic, and healthcare with the Mount Carmel Mobile Medical Coach, and family events.
Physical Address: 888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6341, Columbus, Ohio 43206

Summer Scholars Program

A two-week early college experience for rising high school juniors and seniors at Miami University. Students will join an engaged community of learners and participate in challenging, immersive academic modules and attend workshops on topics such as the college admission process and financial aid. Need-based financial scholarships are available for students to attend this program.
301 South Campus Avenue, Oxford, Ohio 45056
(513) 529-2531
miamioh.edu/admission/high-school/summer-scholars

Support for Talented Students (STS) Scholarship

Provides scholarships for summer enrichment programs for gifted and talented Central Ohio students currently in grades 3-11 whose families can not otherwise afford the costs. Visit the website for application information.
2200 Lane Woods Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 370-1912
supportfortalentedstudents.org

The Bonner Academy at Cross Creek (Day Treatment Program)

A collaborative partnership between the Buckeye Ranch and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO). Provides flexible and tailored schooling for middle and high school aged-students who have severe emotional and behavioral difficulties. The goal is to reintegrate the majority of youth back into a traditional school setting. Families can refer themselves or receive a referral from another agency.
2865 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 875-2371 or for referrals (614) 384-7798
Buckeye Ranch: buckeyeranch.org/programs/educational-services/day-treatment.html

The Bonner Academy at Rosemont

A non-public charter school, provides mixed mental health and educational programming for elementary school students with behavioral and psychological disorders. Individual, group and family therapy are also provided throughout the school day, as well as 24-hour crisis services to support families and youth in managing mental health symptoms and behaviors. The goal is to reintegrate the majority of youth back into a traditional school setting. Families can refer themselves or receive a referral from another agency.
2440 Dawnlight Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 471-2626 or for referrals (614) 384-7798
buckeyeranch.org/programs/educational-services/day-treatment.html

The Brian Muha Foundation & The Run The Race Center

A faith-based organization that offers a free space for young people of all ages where they can do their homework, get tutoring, play sports, create art, music, dance and more. They also serve a cooked meals and can take food home from their food pantry. Contact them for more information.
880 South Wayne Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 276-2171
brianmuhafoundation.org

The Bridge

Offers ESL and citizenship classes for adults, tutoring for grades 2-12 students and GED prep. They also provide a free legal clinic and host a weekly soup kitchen and pantry on Tuesdays.
3750 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 272-2949
thebridge.io

The Columbus Foundation

Offers over 200 scholarships for students from all walks of life. Visit their website to start your search.
columbusfoundation.org/students/scholarships

The Ohio State University (OSU) Early Head Start Partnership Program

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
go.osu.edu/goodstart

The Willie & Vivian Gaddis Foundation for K.I.D.S.

Their website has helpful information for students and their families about scholarships, HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) tours and college planning throughout high school.
PO Box 360832, Columbus, Ohio 43236
(614) 439-2719
gaddis4kids.org

Today’s Military

A resource for young adults, parents and educators who want to learn about about military service. The website provides interviews with active-duty service members, interactive tools to explore the range of military career opportunities and more. The resource is produced by the United States Department of Defense.
todaysmilitary.com

Tolles Career & Technical Center

Tolles is a career and technical school that serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Hilliard, London, Madison-Plains, and Jefferson Local school districts. Tolles offers free adult and continuing education opportunities in ASPIRE, ESOL, GED, RAMTEC, industrial training and public safety.
7877 U.S. Highway 42 South, Plain City, Ohio 43064
High School: (614) 873-4666, ext. 4208
Adult Education: (614) 873-4666, ext. 4248
tollestech.com

two.fifty.four Youth Center

This community center in Gahanna is a place for school-aged youth to build relationships, play games, get homework help, or just hang out, in a safe and inclusive environment. They also offer workshops, game nights, special events and family nights.
254 Agler Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 414-2326
gaap4gahanna.org

U.S. Department of Education College Affordability & Transparency Center

Provides information and tools to compare college tuition and fees, net price, and other characteristics to help students and parents/guardians make an informed decision about college.
collegecost.ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid & FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Provides free information on preparing for education beyond high school. Students can submit an online application for financial aid (FAFSA), get information about careers and find schools offering majors in those careers. They can also look for scholarships online. Click for a helpful booklet, titled College Preparation Checklist, that explains how to prepare academically and financially for college with a ‘to do’ list for students and parents.
400 Maryland Avenue, Washington DC, 20202
(800) 433-3243 or (800) 730-8913 TTY
studentaid.gov

U.S. News & World Report – Colleges

Provides rankings of 1400 schools, search tools to help find schools that fit students’ needs and details on scholarships, loans and grants.
usnews.com/best-colleges

United States of America Service Academy Forums

Offers a place for prospective service academy members to ask questions about service academies (including Air Force Academy – USAFA, Coast Guard Academy – USCGA, Military Academy – USMA, Merchant Marine Academy – USMMA, Naval Academy – USNA, ROTC’s, and other publicly and privately-funded military colleges).
serviceacademyforums.com

Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) of Franklin County

Offers after-school, in-school and summer youth programs, adult education, family needs assistance, reentry programs, counseling services, drug treatment, crisis intervention and more. Visit the website for a detailed description of their services.
2720 Airport Drive, Suite 110, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 227-9694
umadaopfc.com

USAGov

Provides an official guide to government information and services at the federal level. Examples of topics include financial help, disability services, how to prepare for and recover from disasters and emergencies, housing, jobs and unemployment, as well as taxes, immigration, how to research common U.S. laws, and file a complaint against the government and more.
(844) 872-4681
usa.gov

Ventures Academy

An alternative education program providing a structured and safe learning environment to students in need of social, emotional and behavioral interventions. They work alongside each student’s home district and conduct routine student evaluations. Students must be referred by their local school district to be enrolled.

  • 1565 Integrity Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43202
    (614) 753-4670
  • 4981 County Home Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-1175

escco.org/AlternativeEducationPrograms.aspx

Vineyard Community Center

Offers a variety of services and programs some include an early childhood center, after-school and summer programs, sports and exercise programs, a free health clinic and free legal clinic, as well as immigration counseling services (DACA). Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), programs for homeschoolers, men’s and women’s support and recovery groups, marriage and parenting programs, financial counseling, career development services, dance, art, and music classes, and much more.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5500
vineyardcommunitycenter.org

Westerville Public Library

Provides resources and services for homeschoolers, like offering science kits, they will proctor tests, deliver books to your homeschool and more.
126 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 882-7277
westervillelibrary.org/homeschool

Wexner Center for the Arts

Offers art classes, opportunities to earn high school credit (Art & Ecology course), workshops and other free programs for teens throughout the year. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University
1871 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
wexarts.org/education/teens

YMCA of Central Ohio

Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
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, juvenile justice, housing, 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

Young Scholars Program (YSP)

Provides opportunities for academically talented first generation students in Ohio with demonstrated financial need. Student scholars receive pre-college preparation through college advising, academic coaching and mentoring, college planning tools and resources and more.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43210
Program Administration: (614) 292-4884
Columbus Program: (614) 688-4240
odi.osu.edu/young-scholars-program

Youth for Understanding (YFU) USA

YFU offers over 200 full and partial merit-based scholarships and needs-based financial aid annually to students every year to study abroad scholarships.
yfuusa.org/study/scholarships

Zero to Three

Offers helpful information about behavior, development, care and education of infants in their first 3 years of life. Learn what to expect as your child grows and how to deal with challenging behaviors.
(800) 899-4301
zerotothree.org