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Head Start Programs & Preschools

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

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

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

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

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 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

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
lcesc.org/FlyingColorsPreschool.aspx

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

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

Ohio Head Start Association

Use their county directory map to find Head Start providers and services in each county in Ohio.
ohsai.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 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. At Alice Cogswell Center, they serve deaf and hard of hearing children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, siblings of deaf children and children who have deaf parents. Deaf and hard of hearing children with an IEP are eligible for the preschool program at no cost. Their website also list local and national resources for parents.
500 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
OSD Main Switch Board: (614) 728-4030
School Office: (614) 728-1424
ohioschoolforthedeaf.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

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

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