National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, from birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.
Helpful NAEYC Links
Searching for a quality program for your child can be difficult. We partner with NAEYC to help you discover ideas on what to look for in a program.
Ohio's Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS)
Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) Program Standards require that programs select and adopt a comprehensive curriculum. A comprehensive curriculum is a written set of learning objectives and activities that guide decisions adults make about experiences for children. It includes goals and objectives for children’s development and learning, experiences that will help achieve these goals, what staff and families do to help children achieve goals, and the materials needed to support the teacher’s use of curriculum. A curriculum addresses a broad range of developmental and learning outcomes across all domains and subject matter areas.
Columbus Kids is a new partnership involving more than 150 community organizations that was created to champion the need for kindergarten readiness and school success. Many kindergarteners start school lacking the skills they need to learn. And many children never catch up to their classmates.
The first of its kind in the nation, Columbus Kids is designed to increase the early detection of developmental delays and speech or hearing problems among preschoolers within the Columbus City Schools district and to help them get the intervention services they need to be ready to learn.
Early Childhood Resource Network +
ECRN+ has more than 30 years of experience working with children who have special needs (developmental delays, disabilities and special health care needs) and their families.
- Perform on-site child observations at child care sites and preschools
- Provide ongoing family service coordination for eligible children (birth through 5 years old) and families
- Conduct developmental screenings for children from 6 weeks through 5 years of age
Help Me Grow Program
The Ohio Department of Health's Help Me Grow program is designed to ensure Ohio’s children receive a healthy birth and the resources to warrant a healthy and productive start in life. An integral part of Ohio’s prenatal to age three system of supports, the services offered by Help Me Grow equip parents with the means to help their child acquire the early building blocks necessary for long term success. These initial achievements last a lifetime, as scientific evidence strongly suggests that a child’s success is significantly determined by the quality of nurturing in the first three years of life.
Help Me Grow encompasses three components, available in all 88 counties in Ohio: Home Visiting, Early Intervention, and Infant Hearing. Each program strives to ensure that parents receive the individualized care and support needed to live a healthy and happy life.
Healthcare services are crucial for young children's optimal development. Sometimes good healthcare can be expensive and hard to find.
We have put together a list of healthcare resources for families who do not have a primary care physician or pediatrician. Many of the programs are offered at free or reduced rates. Click here to visit the City of Columbus' Physicians Free Clinic website.
Cerebral Palsy Guidance
Cerebral Palsy Guidance is an educational support website dedicated to providing parents with detailed information on a complex condition of cerebral palsy.
Additional Family Resources
Action for Children
Action for Children also have information on health care services for families. Action for Children provides information on parent resources in the community, including parenting classes, health and wellness resources, parenting tips, and more.
Clintonville Resources Center
Clintonville Community Resources Center (CRC) has programs established to promote a positive quality of life for residents of the Clintonville-Beechwold area.
The American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics has helpful resources on attaining optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Confident Parents Confident Kids
Dedicated to actively supporting kids' social, emotional and ethical development Confident Parents Confident Kids is a blog about self-help, responsible decision making, and relationship skills.
Columbus Parent Magazine
Subscription based, Columbus Parent's website provides helpful articles about kids and establishing healthy lifestyles.
Heart Start of central Ohio
Heart Start of central Ohio is a basic life support training center for the American Heart Association and American Safety & Health Institute. Their courses meet local, state, and federal requirements and are recognized by all state agencies and licensing boards.
Columbus Speech & Hearing Center
Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is the largest provider of outpatient speech and hearing services in central Ohio.