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
The Ready to Read Corps works with organizations where there is “waiting room time,” to engage parents and caregivers of children ages 0 to 5, to conduct training sessions that focus on pre-reading skills necessary for early literacy and kindergarten readiness. Parents and caregivers receive a kit to take home that includes board books, finger puppets, crayons and literature about pre-reading skills. Call the number below for more information.
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: male and female, ages 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
Intake: (614) 294-2661
An advocacy organization that represents a private and public partnership to improve learning and education in Columbus. Their goal is to promote and coordinate early learning opportunities, increase the percentage of children ready for kindergarten, help families navigate resources and help transition young adults into the workforce.
1907 Leonard Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
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
Provides information, resources and services related to early learning and school readiness. Also, licenses preschool programs and school-age child care operated by schools and educational centers. Click below to search for early care and education programs.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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.
Learn about Ohio kindergarten requirements, entrance dates, how to request early admission and view their readiness checklist.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Helps licensed preschools and child care providers in Ohio with preschool-age children whose behavior poses challenges in the preschool setting, putting them at risk for expulsion. To access on-site consultation services call the number below or complete their online request form. OPEPP is a collaboration among the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and local early childhood mental health providers.
Provides access to hundreds of handouts and resources, covering a wide array of subjects such as agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, and youth development.
2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
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.
WETA Public Television
2775 South Quincy Street, Arlington, Virginia 22206
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.