Our Programs

South Side Early Learning is a member of the National, the Ohio, and the Columbus Associations for the Education of Young Children, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Franklin County Human Service Chamber and the Ohio Association of Child Care Providers. We offer high-quality early education and care for children from 6-weeks to 5 years old. Families can enroll their children in our Birth-3, Early Head Start and Head Start classrooms.

Why Parents Chose Our Program:

  • 97+ years of proven quality early education.

  • Program emphasis on kindergarten readiness, maximizing optimal development from birth to kindergarten.

  • Variety of program choices: Head Start; Early Head Start; Early Start Columbus; Ohio Dept. of Education – Early Childhood Expansion of Public Pre-K; Publicly Funded Child Care (Title XX); and Private Pay.

  • Maintain high quality as evidenced by our national accreditation from National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

  • Professional, degreed and certified teachers who develop and implement curriculum driven program.

  • Ongoing child assessments help focus both group and individualization of program activities.

  • Low teacher/child ratios.

  • Professionally planned, fresh, nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack prepared on-site and served daily during family-style meals.

  • Well-equipped playground.

  • Support for the entire family, including basic needs assistance; crisis intervention; employment assistance that includes internet access, job search assistance and resume preparation; and referral to GED classes provided by Godman Guild.

  • Publicly Funded Child Care (Title XX) processed entirely on-site.

  • Private Pay rates as low as $235 per week.

  • Accessible from bus lines; 3 miles from downtown Columbus, Ohio.

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Early Head Start

The earliest years have been shown to be the most important to children's growth and development. In Early Head Start our outstanding teaching staff works to promote healthy development for infants and toddlers (from birth to three years of age) and supports family well-being during the early years.


Head Start Pre-K

Head Start serves children from three to five years old. Our program, in partnership with the YMCA of Central Ohio, focuses on Kindergarten readiness. Our team of qualified teachers help young learners gain the cognitive, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond.


SSEL Preschool

Interested in preschool programming, but do not meet the requirements for Head Start? The SSEL Preschool program ensures exceptional early childhood educational opportunities are available for all of Columbus’ children and families. Our curriculum provides young learners the skills needed to be successful in Kindergarten.