Parents are uniquely positioned to shape and influence the future success of their children. Action for Children offers several programs and workshops for parents to learn and develop new skills to help them.

Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK)

Be your child’s first and best teacher! SPARK Columbus is a family-focused kindergarten-readiness program that works collaboratively with families, schools, and the community. Action for Children’s SPARK Columbus program can help you get your child ready for kindergarten by building reading, language, and social skills that will help create a seamless transition into school. Each month, a SPARK Columbus Parent Partner will guide you on how to become your child’s first and best teacher.
Do you want to learn how to help your child get ready for kindergarten? If you live in Franklin County and have a 3-5 year-old, we can help!

SPARK Columbus is a FREE home-visiting program that includes:

• FREE Storybooks and activities;
• School-readiness lessons based on Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards;
• Linkages to community resources  when needed;
• Monthly visits in your home or a location of your choice

To get connected with a SPARK Columbus Parent Partner and determine your child’s eligibility, please send an email to Areesha Hunter, or call 614-224-0222, ext. 168. To directly request more information from SPARK, please complete this online form.

The Art of Positive Parenting (TAPP)

This is a six-week, twelve-hour course providing an in-depth discussion about The Art of Positive Parenting skills and philosophies.  These sessions are ideal for parents who want to learn the theories behind the skills, time to practice them, talk with other parents, and receive coaching by the instructor.  This program has helped tens of thousands of parents over the past forty years.  If you have a case plan, court order, or attorney referral, this course will satisfy the requirement. Learn more.

TAPP Express

This three week, six-hour course is ideal for parents who want a fast-paced course that focuses more on using The Art of Positive Parenting skills, and less on the theories behind them.  This class is designed for parents who are seeking parenting tips and enhanced skills. Learn more.

Putting the Children First 

This 2-hour seminar is designed for parents who have filed for divorce, dissolution or legal separation. Understanding that each situation is unique and the impact on divorce can vary, this seminar focuses on steps parents can take to help their child(ren) feel secure during this time. Topics include: How to know what is best for your child; communicating with the other parent; reducing stress; dealing with rules at the other parent’s house, and resources to help with a variety of challenges.

Putting the Children First is offered both online and in-person. In-person classes are ONLY for those who have filed their case in Franklin County. The online class is available to anyone. Learn more.

Parents Who Parent Separately

This six week, twelve-hour class is designed for parents who are in a co-parenting role due to divorce, dissolution or legal separation.  If your child is having difficulty adjusting to spending time in two homes, or if you are concerned that your child is “caught in the middle” of the parents’ challenges, this class will help.  You may also wish to take this class if a judge, magistrate or Guardian ad Litem has referred you. Topics include: maintaining boundaries and rules in your home, listening to your child, communicating with the other parent about the children, and how to make decisions that are best for the children. Learn more.

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)

Raising children isn’t always easy. Would you like to feel less stressed and feel confident that you are raising happy, confident kids?

The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) gives parents new ideas and a chance to meet other parents. This program is for parents and caregivers of children 0 to 8 years old. It helps parents manage behavior and address problem behaviors. Perhaps it’s your toddler’s supermarket meltdowns… or nightly bedtime battles with your daughter… or your son’s disobedience or aggression. We give tips on how to settle the problem – quickly and calmly!

We won’t tell you how to parent. But we will give you simple, practical strategies you can adapt to suit your family’s values, beliefs and needs. Because we know happier families lead to better relationships… and successful kids!

You can attend any of the small group discussions below. These two-hour small group discussions target a specific problem or topic, such as:

  • Dealing with Disobedience
    Get tips on how to get kids to listen and follow directions—and what to do when they don’t.
  • Hassle-Free Shopping with Children
    See how to plan for easy, calm trips out in public and how to deal when kids act up.
  • Managing Fighting and Anger
    Learn strategies for teaching kids to solve problems and get along with others.
  • Developing Good Bedtime Routines
    Get advice on getting your kid to go to bed—and staying there.

Triple P is currently available in Delaware, Fairfield and Morrow counties. Learn more about Triple P and register for upcoming classes. You can also email Areesha Hunter, or call 614-224-0222, ext. 168 to request more information.

Father Factor

This sixteen-hour course designed for Fathers is offered in multiple counties, in multiple formats. The Father Factor program is dedicated to strengthening and honoring the role of today’s father with the hope and promise for you and your child’s future. Father Factor recognizes that fathers have unique qualities, strengths, and talents that make them critical to their child’s healthy growth and development. Today, most dads need to explore and engage their ‘Father Factor.’ We have created the Father Factor with the goal of providing men a classroom curriculum that improves the attitudes and skills needed for responsible parenthood. Father Factor program offers parenting and co-parenting skills; assistance with paternity, parenting time and child support; employment services; and free resources to assist in establishing and building relationships with children. Learn More.

Mothers Matter

This sixteen-hour course is designed for mothers dedicated to strengthening and honoring the special role they play in the lives of their children. Learn the art of communicating in new ways that will help you better connect with your children and lead to a productive and positive relationship. Topics include the Art of Listening, Positive Communication, R.E.S.P.E.C.T.ful Discipline, Co-‘Pair’enting, Decision Making and Stress Management. Learn more.

The Journey 

  • A collaborative program with Franklin County CSEA, Jewish Family Services and Goodwill Columbus.
  • Fathers participate in fatherhood groups to gain hands on parenting skills and co-parenting strategies.
  • Fathers participate in job readiness classes and workforce development services.
  • Individual Case Management services addressing self-identified barriers.

Funded by Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services and is FREE to eligible fathers. Offered in Franklin County only.

For more information, contact Jeff Kramer at 614-224-0222 ext. 137


When attending classes during business hours, visitors have a few parking options:

  • City of Columbus monitored parking meters are available for use at visitors’ expense on Jefferson Ave. directly in front of our building with additional meters on the west side of Jefferson Ave.  There are also a few public parking spaces on the Long St. bridge over I-71.
  • Except for the two accessible spaces, participants are NOT permitted to park behind the building during business hours.

Please note that visitor parking in the Jefferson Avenue Center lot at the southwest corner of Long St. and Jefferson Ave. is no longer permitted during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm).

For classes beginning 5:30 or later on weekdays and on Saturdays:

When attending classes that begin at 5:30pm or later on weekdays or on Saturdays, visitors have a few parking options:

  • Visitors are welcome to park for FREE in the parking lot on the SW corner of Long St. & Jefferson Ave. Permits are required for this lot and can be printed from our website (see Parking in the “About” section at the bottom of our homepage).
  • Limited free parking may be available Mondays-Thursdays after 5:30pm and on Saturdays, behind the Action for Children building. Please avoid parking directly behind other cars so that no one is blocked from exiting.
  • Accessible Parking is located behind the Action for Children building near the back door.
  • Parking at meters is also possible, at your own expense. There are meters directly in front of Action for Children, also a few public parking spaces on the Long St. bridge over I-71.

For evening and Saturday classes please enter our building through the back door.

The temperature in our classrooms sometimes fluctuates, so please dress in layers so that you will be comfortable. Please check in at front desk when you arrive. For classes that last all day, it is recommended that you bring a packed lunch.