To help young learners develop, families succeed, and neighborhoods thrive.

Bright Minds Start Here.

90% of the brain is developed in the first five years of life.* We utilize evidence-based practices to make the most of these years. Through responsive care giving and intentional teaching, we create bright starts for the betterment of our children, families, and community.

Our Model

CELC is the oldest early education & care provider in the midwest. Founded in 1886, we have been passionately committed to supporting Columbus’ children and families since our inception. We provide education to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, the most critical period of a person’s life, through year-round, all-day programming and home visiting. By providing accessible care to families, we reduce financial and professional barriers to overcoming poverty. 

Education & Care Centers

Our early learning centers are the cornerstone of the work we do. We use a holistic play-based curriculum and partner with families to support the success of each of our 300+ students.


We support healthy development where it starts, the home. We empower parents by giving them the tools to support and teach their children. We utilize the ParentChild+ and Healthy Families America programs.

Family Support

In addition to providing guardians with the time resources to work, we offer family engagement experiences, learning materials, and basic needs support.

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