Enriching Children's Early Learning Experiences
Making a difference in children's lives requires a community effort. At Columbus Early Learning Centers we partner with other community organizations to enrich our program and provide services which would otherwise be inaccessible for our families.
Frequently community partnerships are funded through grants from corporate foundations or government programs and through individual contributions. Funding organizations, donors, partner agencies and our early learning program work together to build a strong foundation for children's success.
I get to be a part of a preschool class on Wednesday mornings and I love every minute. The class is eager to discover and soak-up new concepts. They are excited to participate in reading, ask insightful questions and are making great progress. It is a privilege to be a part of it!
- Amanda, Speech-Language Pathologist
We are honored to partner with these community organizations:
- Action for Children - Providing professional development opportunities for staff.
- BalletMet - Bringing our preschool children "Magic in Movement", a creative movement and literacy program, as well as professional development opportunities for staff.
- Broad Street Food Pantry- Sponsors a ’CELC Family Night’ once a month for the families of our students to visit the pantry.
- Champion Intergenerational Center - the students at our Champion Avenue Center participate in a variety of activities—games, music, artmaking, and even tai chi—with the clients of National Church Residences. This programming is also made possible through our partners at:
- Columbus Kids (United Way of Central Ohio) - Promoting early developmental assessments and family support services.
- Columbus Metropolitan Library - Building the literacy skills of our children and families through visits from the Book-Mobile, classroom visits from librarians and family education programs.
- Columbus Speech and Hearing Center - Providing speech and hearing screenings and classroom support for early literacy skill development.
- COSI - Bringing special science programs to our children and families, providing curriculum kits for classroom use and offering professional development opportunities for staff.
- Early Head Start - Expanding access to high quality services for low income infants, toddlers and their families. This program is led by The Ohio State University Schoenbaum Family Center and functions as a collaboration of Columbus’ leading community agencies focused on the education and welfare of our children and their families.
- Local Matters - Bringing food education and cooking-based activities to our students at all of our centers.
- Preschool Poets - The Ohio Arts Council sponsors artist-in-residence, Nancy Kangas, to do poetry-making workshops with our preschool students. Their poems have been featured in a series of short films pairing the kids' words with animations.
- WeJoySing - Bringing music into the lives of infants and toddlers.