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Council, OSU Researchers to Release Study on the State of Early Childhood Education Access

Release 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
Room 260
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 South Side.

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 directions.

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.