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Head Start Programs & Preschools

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

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

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

Flying Colors Public Preschool

Offers various early childhood centers 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

Childhood League Center

Offers early childhood services for children under the age of 6 with 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

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: Education-focused child care program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with a focus on preparation for success in Kindergarten and beyond.
  • Community Services: 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: Personal development and family strengthening programs, afterschool programs, summer youth enrichment programs, including summer employment; and other youth, teen, and family activities, including tutoring, mentoring, and fun activities including Transit Arts.

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

Child Development Council (CDC) of Franklin County

Provides developmental and educational services to income-eligible children and their families in Franklin County. Infants and children up to 5 years old may attend classes that focus on child development, along with providing health, nutrition, and other social services. They offer services for parents of children enrolled in their Head Start program.
1077 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 221-1709
cdcheadstart.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
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

Gladden Community House

  • Youth Services & Preschool – Provide educational intervention led by licensed social workers through small group, individual, and family sessions to help children develop important life skills; as well 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, on-site Ohio Benefit Bank screenings for SNAP/food stamps, and donated diapers made available. Contact for hours of operation.
  • Community Service Department – They provide emergency financial assistance, 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, linkage to community resources, and parenting and financial literacy classes.

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

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

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. food pantry. They also have a Choice Food Pantry, community garden, Christmas gift programs and other neighborhood services.
1500 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 294-6347
saintstephensch.org

YMCA of Central Ohio

Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps, programming for children with special needs and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org
YMCA Locations & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations