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Day Care

Action for Children

This agency has trained and approved home day care providers and can help you choose child care options. Action for Children also maintains a list of pre-schools and day care centers throughout Franklin County, plus a guideline booklet for your use in making your decision. Some pre-schools and day care centers have waiting lists. You should begin the enrollment process as soon as possible, often in February for September pre-school entry.

For more information, please contact:

Action for Children
78 Jefferson Ave
(614) 224-0222


People who stay with children when the parent is absent are known as babysitters. When both parents leave the house for even a short time, children must have a babysitter. For reliable babysitters, you may want to ask other mothers in your neighborhood.

Day Care Centers

Day care centers provide care for children whose parents have to be away all day. A hot lunch and two snacks are usually included. Various programs and activities are provided. Ask for a description of the center's program (some centers also have a half-day option.) 

Ohio State offers a child care center for university families for a fee. 

For more information, please contact:

Ohio State Child Care Center
2724 Defiance Drive 
(614) 292-4453

Preschools and Nursery Schools

In these schools (for children ages three and four), the main goal is not academic learning, but reading readiness, socialization and a broad range of other learning experiences.

Latchkey programs

These programs are located at different public schools and child care centers around the city. They provide before and /or after school care for school aged children for a fee. This helps parents who have to be away from home earlier and/or later than school hours. It is recommended that interested parents register their children during April in order to reserve a place for their child for September.