Our early learning centers are the cornerstone of the work we do. We serve children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years at our five child care facilities in the Near East and Linden neighborhoods of Columbus. Our centers use a play-based curriculum (The Creative Curriculum) and positive discipline in our classrooms to meet the individual needs of each of our students. Our child-to-teacher ratios exceed state requirements, allowing our teachers to provide more attentive care and individualized instruction. Our teachers are well-educated in the field of early childhood education and child development. All of our centers are rated 4 or more stars by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Step-Up to Quality Star Rating System.
The physical environment is one of the most important elements in an early childhood program for facilitating exploration and discovery. Our locations are intentionally planned from our child-sized sinks to our loose parts on the shelves to support independence, relationship building, and learning through play.
Alum Creek Drive
Opened in April of 2021, this center is a unique partnership between CELC and Bridgeway Academy, a PreK-12 school for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Located just east of Downtown Columbus, our center at Broad Street Presbyterian Church is a favorite for parents working in the city. Our partners at Broad Street Presbyterian Food Pantry generously work to provide a monthly “CELC Family Food Night” for all of our families.
Located in the heart of the Near East Side community, our Champion Avenue Center has been open since March of 2014. 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. Each week, our young children and National Church Residences’ older adults participate in creative activities like art-making, singing, and tai chi.
The largest of our four centers, we have called this location home since the summer of 2016. This center is partnered with Central Community House, a comprehensive, neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of our community.
Located in the heart of the South Linden community, our Myrtle Avenue Center has been open since October of 2016. We enroll children from 4 years through 5 years of age. This center is the result of an innovative partnership with the City of Columbus, Columbus City Schools, and the Child Development Council of Franklin County, Inc. We are grateful for the funding provided by Early Start Columbus that makes this partnership possible each year.
Are you interested in enrolling in one of our centers? Complete an enrollment inquiry to be contacted by one of our team members about becoming apart of our CELC family.