About Us
For over 133 years, Columbus Early Learning Centers (CELC) has been providing high-quality early learning and care to Columbus children. Our tradition of affordable access to high-quality early childhood education has strengthened the lives of thousands of children, families and the communities in which they live.
Our Mission

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

Our Vision

All children have an early learning experience that gives them a foundation for future success in school and in life.

Our Values

Access, Equity and Inclusion
We welcome all children and families regardless of background and need.

Safe Haven
The physical and emotional safety of our children and families is the foundation of our work.

Play to Learn
A child’s freedom to explore and create fosters meaningful cognitive, physical and social emotional development.

Growth Mindset
We promote organizational sustainability through learning and collaboration in our classrooms, conference rooms, board room and neighborhoods we serve.

Passionately Committed
Our early childhood professionals are driven by the respect and empathy needed to nurture each child’s excellence.

Making A Difference
Our team and community partners do what it takes to advocate for changing the landscape, systems and policies for early childhood education.

Take a Look Around

Days at Columbus Early Learning Centers are fun-filled. See what fun we've been up to lately.

Learning about bees!
Learning about bees!
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Our therapy dog, Scarlet
Our therapy dog, Scarlet
Working on fine motor skills
Working on fine motor skills
What will you be when you grow up?
Enjoying a morning walk
Enjoying a morning walk
Washing our trikes
Sharing our poems with Ms. Caitlin
A visit from the fire truck
A visit from the fire truck
Reading with volunteer, Mr. Pete
Reading with volunteer, Mr. Pete
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