The Early Head Start Partnership Program, led by The Ohio State University Schoenbaum Family Center, is a collaboration of Columbus’ leading community agencies focused on the education and welfare of our children and their families.
- Expand access to high quality services for low income infants, toddlers and their families.
- Create a network of community partnerships as a base to provide high quality comprehensive services (i.e., mental health, medical, nutrition, disabilities, education, family stability and support).
- Implement a quality program that is aligned to the Head Start Program Performance Standards
- Engage parents in their role as primary caregivers for their children and move parents toward self-sufficiency.
Each year, the program will target 160 infants and toddlers between 6 weeks to 3 years old whose families are at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty level and/or receiving TANF funds – nearly 80 percent earned less than $800 per month, on average.
Families in the project come from many historically low-income Columbus communities including: Franklinton; the Hilltop; South Linden; the Near East, Near South and Far South neighborhoods; and the Near North/University District. Early Head Start families will be recruited primarily through partnerships with Community Properties of Ohio and Moms2B.
During the project, the Schoenbaum Family Center will use research-based practices, identify resources and collaborate with a network of licensed childcare centers and caregivers already serving these low-income families to improve the education and well-being of 800 children.
The map below shows the Early Head Start Partnership Program service areas by Zip code.
Partners in the Early Head Start Partnership Program:
Action For Children– offers professional development, training and technical assistance for child care centers and home providers, community resource for child care and early learning services
Caring Communities Birth-3/Early Care and Learning Inc.– advocates for innovative programs that offer mixed-age grouping, continuity of care and primary caregiving for infants and toddlers, offering training and technical assistance to child care providers
Children’s Hunger Alliance -assists Family Child Care Providers with the implementation of nutrition programs that meet the dietary needs and feeding requirements for each individual child
Columbus Public Health Department -assists Child Care Centers with the implementation of nutrition programs that meet the dietary needs and feeding requirements for each individual child
Community Properties of Ohio -assists in recruiting and enrolling eligible families into the program and provides family advocacy, housing, and workforce development
Franklin Country Board of DD– provides programs, services and support to Early Head Start participants so individuals with developmental disabilities can live, work, learn and participate in the community
Franklin County Family & Children First/Help me Grow-provides health and development services to Ohio’s expectant parents, newborns, infants and toddlers so children start school healthy and ready to learn
Moms2B-maintains regular support and education to pregnant mothers and will refer infants who will stay involved with the program through at least the baby’s first year
Nationwide Children’s Hospital– Nationwide Children’s Hospital Responsive Service Team, comprised of health experts from Franklin County agencies will review each case brought to them by OSU-Early Head Start Family Advocates/OSU-EHS staff and make recommendations for referrals if services are needed. The Primary Care Network will provide medical services.
St. Vincent Family Center– provides mental health consultation, education and referral services to centers, family child care providers and families
The Center for Education, Training and Employment (CETE) – conducts observations as a third party in the Early Head Start Centers and Family Childcare homes to assess childhood professionals and child interactions in order to offer a coaching framework for early childhood professionals.
The College of Education and Human Ecology – serves as the university partner to resolve pressing educational, health and wellness and social needs
There are also 12 selected licensed child care centers and 13 licensed family child care homes involved in the partnership.
Contact us at 614.292.7680 or OSU_EHSPartnership@osu.edu to learn more.