Make an impact

You can help make a difference in the life of a young child. By supporting South Side Early Learning, you are strengthening our community and ensuring every child has access to a holistic, high-quality early childhood education. Your generosity funds programs that educate our children, alleviate poverty, provide emergency relief, and support families in the South Side.

South Side Early Learning is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, EIN: 31-4379811. All donations are deemed tax deductible for income, gift and estate taxes. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution. For more information about South Side Early Learning, our mission, and our programs please visit





Over 57,000 children in Franklin County live with food-insecurity, and the 43207 zip code is one of the worst (which for many of us is less than 20 minutes from our homes). That means as many as 1 in 5 kids in our community are unsure where their next meal comes from.

At South Side Early Learning we provide students with 2 freshly prepared nutritious meals and a snack each day because we know if a child is hungry, they cannot focus in the classroom.

This fund helps support our Full Bellies, Full Minds program in providing nutritious and delicious food to our students.



By contributing to this fund, you are helping to provide immediate assistance to families facing a financial crisis.

For instance, if a family is struggling to pay their utility bills and asks the utility company for a plan to help, typically, that utility bill must be current before a plan can be put into place. This ends up being a lose-lose situation for a family that can barely make the payment, let alone pay it up to being current!

This emergency fund would offer a one-time opportunity to assist a family in financial crisis so that their needs can be met and they can avoid having utilities turned off or avoiding a situation that might leave them homeless.




At South Side Early Learning, we revolutionize early learning by leading partnerships, best practices, and performance that maximize a child’s first 2,000 days. Playspace allows our educators and community members to develop ways we can improve how children live, learn, and grow. 

Teachers at SSEL may submit ideas to our Program Committee on innovating curriculum, classroom practice, workforce and professional development, and family engagement. We then work partners, thought leaders, and researchers to bring these ideas to life—right here at our school by piloting the project with our teachers. 

The Playspace fund provides micro grants (up to $2,000) to support our teachers’ innovative ideas!