Champion Avenue Center
at Champion Intergenerational Center
Located in the heart of the Near East Side community, our Champion Avenue Center has been open since March of 2014. We enroll children ages 6 weeks through 5 years of age and work closely with families to meet each individual child’s needs. This center is a part of a partnership with The Ohio State University and National Church Residences to bring different generations together in a structured learning environment. Every week, our young children and National Church Residences' older adults participate in creative activities like art-making, singing, and tai chi, and the result is a community that feels happier, healthier and a bit smarter.
Center Director: Sydney Sanford
Sydney has served as the Champion Avenue Center Director since October of 2018. Before becoming the Center Director at Champion, Sydney served as a lead teacher. Prior to joining CELC, she worked as a Head Start teacher. Sydney obtained her Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Kent State University in 2015.
As the Center Director, Sydney is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, staff management, and communication with our families. Sydney looks forward to increasing access to high-quality education and child care for our families in an effort to close the achievement gap among children in low-income neighborhoods.