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OUR MISSION: To help young learners develop, families succeed, and neighborhoods thrive.

“All children deserve access to quality early learning.

The zip code where children are born should not determine their best chance to prepare for success in school and in life. In addition to that, child care is the foundation of our community’s workforce. Without access to high-quality care, individuals cannot work and cannot provide a stable home for their families. This two-generation approach is highly effective in combating poverty over the long term.”

— Gina Ginn, Chief Executive Officer

Our Education Model
CELC provides education to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old during the most critical period of an individual’s life. We accomplish this through year-round, all-day programming and home visiting. By providing accessible care to families, we reduce financial and professional barriers to overcoming poverty.
Care Centers

Our early learning centers are the cornerstone of the work we do. We use a holistic play-based curriculum and partner with families to support the success of each of our 300+ students.

Home Visiting

We support healthy development where it starts: the home. We empower parents by giving them the tools to support and teach their children. We utilize the nationally-renowned ParentChild+ program.

Family Support

In addition to providing guardians with the time and resources they require to sustain employment, we offer family engagement experiences, learning materials, and basic needs support.


Invest in a Child.
Invest in a Family.
Invest in the Future
of a Community.

Your generosity has the power to transform lives in Columbus now and for years to come. Comprehensive high-quality early childhood education & care programs like CELC yield a return on investment of 13.7% by improving child outcomes and increasing parental income.

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January 23, 2025