Guide to Day Cares and Preschools

early learning centers in Central Ohio

Are you searching for the perfect day care, or looking to enroll your little one in a preschool program? We know it can be overwhelming – but don’t worry mama, we’ve got you covered! Below you’ll find an extensive list of day cares and preschools across Central Ohio, organized for your convenience in alphabetical order by town.

To further help you with your day care and preschool decisions, we’ve included a few helpful links at the bottom of the page.

A big thank you to our sponsors for heartily supporting this community resource, and in particular to our title sponsors, Villa Montessori and Our Lady of Bethlehem School and Childcare.

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Our unique preschool is designed for the curious, the adventurous; for parents seeking opportunities for their child to be inspired by the unexpected, intriguing and innovative. We offer programs for Infants (6 weeks) to 6 years.
With over 12 years experience integrating Montessori and Reggio – two of the most dynamic and inspiring curricula in the world – our classrooms connect experiences that will stay with your child long into their school careers.

Ages: 6 week – 6 years

Schedule:  2, 3, or 5 day/week options for all ages; 7am – 6pm

Registration Deadline:  Open Enrollment

Location: 8999-A Gemini Parkway Columbus, OH 43240

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Our mission is to provide exceptional faith formation and early education in a safe, nurturing community to each student and family it serves. Through the tradition of The Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus, Our Lady of Bethlehem’s comprehensive programs foster optimum growth, development and academic success in each young child. Our unique blend of traditions, proven curriculum and individualized care and education give children a strong, loving start for a lifetime of success.

We will be holding an Open Houses on Sunday, January 30th and will be accepting new family registrations for the 2022 Summer Program and our 2022-2023 school year and childcare programs!

Ages: Infancy through 6 years old

Schedule:  Totally Terrific Twos class (2.5 years old and toilet learned by Sept. 30): T/R 8:45-11:15am
Preschool (3 years old by Sept. 30): T/W/R 8:45-11:15am
Pre-Kindergarten (4 years old by Sept. 30): M/T/W/R 8:45-11:15am
Pre-Kindergarten (4 years old by Sept. 30): M/T/W/R/F 12:30-3pm
Kindergarten ( 5 years old by Sept. 30): M-F Half-day 8:45-noon or Full-day 8:45am-3:00pm
Summer Program available for Preschool through grade 6 and starts Monday, June 6, 2022

Registration Deadline:  Rolling enrollment for most programs. Please contact OLB directly for questions.

Location:  4567 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43214

Dublin, Ohio preschool

Saint Brigid of Kildare Preschool strives to ensure that each of our students are happy, confident, and engaged learners while attending our program. Our curriculum is Catholic faith-based and play-based to prepare all students to enter kindergarten with a solid
foundation of social and academic skills. Our dedicated and friendly teachers work together with families to cultivate an environment where all students feel safe and have their unique needs met. All of the lessons taught in our classrooms are aligned with the Early Learning and Development Standards created by the Ohio Department of Education. Our curriculum promotes early literacy, foundational mathematical concepts, and other kindergarten readiness skills. In addition, we create play-based learning experiences. Children also experience Spanish, library, music and gym.

Prospective Families OPEN HOUSE 2022
Change is constant, but so is our commitment to teaching your children while helping them grow in faith.

Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 3-5 PM
This is the perfect time to explore our three-time Blue Ribbon School. Tour our school and see first-hand how Saint Brigid of Kildare School provides a quality Catholic education in a warm environment. There will be representatives from Saint Brigid of Kildare School’s many programs available to answer questions.

Ages: 3-5

Schedule:  2-Day: Mon & Wed, 8:15 am—11:15 am
These introductory preschool classes teach our newest learners socialization and engagement with peers. Students will learn about cooperation, friendship, and sharing in a Catholic faith-based environment. All learners will participate in play-based experiences
that foster pre-academic growth. Students in these classes will continue to another year of preschool. These classes will be grouped with children closest in age.

3-Day: Tues, Thurs, Fri, 8:15 am—11:15 am OR Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30 pm—3:30 pm
These preschool classes offer play-based experiences that foster problem solving, emerging literacy, and other kindergarten readiness skills. Students will practice cooperation, sharing, and discipleship in a Catholic-faith based environment. Depending on their birthday and school readiness, students in these classes will continue on to preschool or kindergarten the following school year. These classes will be grouped with children closest in age.

5-Day Pre-K: Mon—Fri, 12:30 pm—3:30 pm
This pre-kindergarten class is for students who have completed at least one year of preschool. Students will build upon existing academic skills and dive deeper into kindergarten readiness skills such as writing, literacy, and mathematical concepts. This class
continues to foster discipleship, cooperation, and emotional growth in a Catholic faith-based environment. All students enrolled in this class will be kindergarten age-eligible for the following school year.

Registration Deadline: January 16, 2022

Location: 7175 Avery Road, Dublin Ohio 43017



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Additional Resources

Step Up to Quality:  Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five–star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Action for Children: Action for Children is the local child care resource and referral agency for Central Ohio; serving Columbus and Franklin County, as well as Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union Counties.

National Association for the Education of Young Children: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.




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