Support for Parents & Child Care in Central Ohio

Action for Children is the local child care resource and referral agency for central Ohio. We serve the greater Columbus area, including Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union counties. We are committed to transforming the lives of children by supporting the adults who support them.


Parents & Guardians

Whether you’re looking for child care or parenting classes, tips, or resources for your child’s specific needs, Action for Children can help. We’re here to provide support for parents and guardians along their amazing journey of raising young children.

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    Free child care referrals and access to community resources for parents and families

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    Parenting education classes, seminars and workshops

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    Support and resources for families considering adoption, fostering or kinship care

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    Tools to prepare children for kindergarten


Child Care Professionals

At Action for Children, we understand that providing access to child care and early learning doesn’t mean just working with parents. That’s why we make a number of efforts aimed at improving the quality of child care in central Ohio and helping providers offer the best care possible. Our programming for child care centers and Family Child Care professionals includes:

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    Training, coaching and technical assistance for early childhood programs and practitioners

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    Child care resources and data for workforce development, public awareness and advocacy

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    Valuable networking opportunities for providers

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    Reimbursement and training for providing nutritious meals for children being cared for

Franklin County RISE

Franklin County RISE is a reimbursement program designed to make child care more accessible for families and child care businesses easier to operate for owners and individuals. Through the program, parents and guardians can receive child care scholarships, early childhood educators can receive signing bonuses, and child care programs can access resources that bring in new families and new staffers.

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We work hard to be a valuable resource for the child care community in the seven-county region we serve. To do that, we provide access to a significant number of tools. In addition to our blog and news announcements, we also maintain an event calendar and resource library, and we also offer important data on child care in central Ohio.


Our Work

Many of the services we offer here in central Ohio are made possible by the generosity of the community. If you’re interested in supporting us, you can do so by donating directly or purchasing our merchandise. The Support section of our website also lays out some of our most ambitious programs for improving access to and quality of child care in our seven-county region.

Who We Are

With more than 50 years of history serving the Columbus area, we at Action for Children have never wavered in our mission to serve as a crucial resource for early learning and child care in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union counties. You can learn more about our organization and history at the link below, or check out available jobs.


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Ready to get started on utilizing our resources, or have questions about the best way to do it? Visit our enrollment page now, or contact us for further information.