At CELC we work with children ages 6 weeks through 5 years and their families to provide holistic early education and care. Through responsive care giving and intentional teaching, we give children a foundation for future success in school and life.

Enrollment Request

Contact our Director of Compliance and Enrollment, Andrea Clark, at aclark@columbusearlylearning.org to inquire about enrolling your child(ren) or learning more about our program.

Please include your child’s name and date of birth, desired start date, preferred location if any, and your phone number.

Learn more about our program by reading our current Family Guide.

Required Forms

Child Enrollment and Health Information for Child Care

Child and Adult Care Food Program Income Eligibility Application Early Start Columbus Income Verification Form

Fees for Service and Assistance Programs


Infant: $230
Toddler: $200
Preschool: $180
*PFCC (formerly Title XX) is accepted.

Head Start

Early Head Start and Head Start is available for qualifying families at our Champion Avenue and Main Street locations.

Early Start Columbus

4 and 5-year-olds living in the Columbus City School District may qualify for tuition-free pre-k. Parents do not need to be employed to qualify.

Our Centers

Our early learning centers are the cornerstone of the work we do. We 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.