Council, OSU Researchers to Release Study on the State of Early Childhood Education Access
of Ohio State Study to Tell Story of Early Childhood Care and Education in
Franklin County with an Emphasis on Linden, Hilltop and South Side
President Pro Tempore Elizabeth Brown
Dr. Arya Ansara, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science
Anneliese Johnson, principal of the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning
Jennifer Cheeks, Franklin County Parent and Early Head Start Prenatal Educator
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Schoenbaum Family Center
The Crane Center
175 E. 7th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201
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On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, Pro Tem Brown and The Ohio State
University’s Crane Center will present the findings of new research on the
varying levels of access to and participation in early childhood education in
Franklin County among different resident populations and neighborhoods. The
study’s authors will lead a brief presentation of findings and will be followed
by a panel discussion led by Pro Tem Brown.
This seven-month study explored the early childhood education
experiences of families with children zero to five in Franklin County, be they
formal, informal, center-based, at-home, or relative/kinship care. It also
sought to gather data around the unique experiences—barriers and challenges—of
children in three specific Columbus neighborhoods: the Hilltop, Linden, and
Young children’s early education experiences impact their
readiness for kindergarten, which itself strongly impacts a child’s success
throughout their schooling and beyond. Because of this, it is essential to
understand children’s early education experiences.
The City of Columbus has prioritized early childhood education
through investments in Early Start Columbus, support for credentials for early
educators, direct grants to early childhood providers, and more. This research
is a key piece of evaluating whether the current early learning system meets
families’ needs and what future investments are necessary to sustain a
high-quality, affordable, and equitable early learning landscape that all
families can access.
Address & room location: The
Crane Center is located within the Schoenbaum Family Center located at 175 E 7th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201.
The press briefing will be held upstairs in room 260. When you enter, someone will
guide you toward the elevator and provide swipe-card access. Exiting the
elevator, you will see a lobby and room 260 to your right.
Parking: There may be some
parking spots in the Crane Center lot. The spots directly in front of the
building marked for “parent drop-off” may be used after 9:30 (tell the front
desk staff for a temporary pass to put in your window). There is also free
street parking around the building. Please mind the parking signs for
COVID-19 safety protocols:
Everyone will need to be masked when entering and while in the building.
Those who are speaking on the panel or delivering remarks can remove their
masks while talking, but will need to replace them once done.