Action for Children

78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 224-0222

(855) 302-4453


Action for Children was founded in 1972 as a result of frustrated parents not being able to find reliable care for their children while they worked. At this time, groups of parents voluntarily started informal referral card files on child care providers in their communities. This community-based model was the basis of today's child care resource and referral services that now include over 1500 providers in Central Ohio.

Our Vision: All children, nurtured by strong families and vibrant communities, have opportunities for quality early learning experiences that prepare them for success in school and life.

Our Mission: To transform the lives of children by supporting, empowering and advocating for the adults who make the biggest impact on children's lives and their parents, caregivers, and teachers.

Our Strategic Goals: Provider Services - A highly qualified workforce of child care and early education practitioners working in programs in Central Ohio. Parent Services - Action for Children is the leading resource for parent education and coaching services.

Growth & Development - Action for Children will be a stronger, more financially stable nonprofit, recognized in our sector.


  • Distance to Airport (Miles): 6.7
  • Distance to Convention Center (Miles): 1.5