About Us

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

At Columbus Early Learning Centers (CELC), we have been providing high-quality early learning and care to our city’s children for 133 years. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, our tradition of affordable access to high-quality early childhood education has strengthened the lives of thousands of children and families and the communities in which they live. To accomplish these goals today, CELC implements Conscious Disciple and the Creative Curriculum in our classrooms to assist our highly qualified teachers in meeting the needs of children at our four locations. Our classrooms are also staffed at an average of 3 students to 1 teacher ratio, allowing our teachers to truly individualize early learning and care to ensure that every child is ready for kindergarten upon graduation. All of our four locations are rated at 4 or more stars by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Step-Up to Quality Star Rating System.

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.