Family Service Center

Because Learning does not stop at the classroom.

We believe we can build a stronger South Side through eliminating barriers to health and holistic-wellness for our youngest neighbors and their families, while providing opportunities for other childcare providers and early learning centers to benefit from our nearly 100 years of accumulated knowledge, resources, and partnerships.

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Family Together

The South Side Early Learning Family Service Center helps to support and strengthen the capacity of children and families to navigate through difficult times and make positive choices. 

A sustainable home life is the foundation of success. With services relating to parental involvement, job training, and family financial stability, we aim to increase overall family wellness. With a focus on strengthening families, our programs teach critical parenting skills, increase problem-solving abilities, and decrease high risk behaviors. 

The first step is simple, enrolling families are given a needs assessment to get them started on their path to prosperity. 

We assist with the following needs: 

  • Housing*

  • Food*

  • Clothing

  • Legal support

  • Education

*Most needed resources

Our goal is to sit down with every family to develop goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.


Full Bellies, Full Minds

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. Last year, in partnership with Mid-Ohio Foodbank Roots Cafe, we served over 42,000 meals.


Dad’s Matter

Dad’s Matter is a five-week program that engages fathers and men who have influence in children’s lives to teach them how to be better parents and guardians or to enhance life skills because we know Dad’s matter in the lives of children.

Dad’s Matter is made possible through South Side Early Learning’s partnership with Future Ready Columbus.