Family Resources

Activities for Families

Children's Advocacy Project, Columbus Ohio: A resource for general family information, and a great resource for child fun and friendly adventures.

City of Columbus, Parks and Recreation:

Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation:

Riffe Gallery:

Crisis Resources

CHOICES: CHOICES is an agency dedicated to serving victims of domestic and relationship violence. CHOICES provides a 24-hour crisis and information hotline for information, temporary shelter for women and their children, legal support and advocacy, safety planning, counseling and community education and training. (614) 224-4663.

Franklin County Child Services: Resources and reporting for child abuse and neglect. (614) 229-7000

Nationwide Children's Hospital Poison Center:  As one of only 55 American Association of Poison Control Regional Certified Centers, The Central Ohio Poison Center provides state-of-the-art poison prevention, assessment and treatment for 64 of Ohio’s 88 counties.  If you think someone may be poisoned, call (800) 222-1222.

Suicide Prevention Hotline: (614) 221-5445 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Parenting Resource Links

Action for Children: Action for Children is a source for child care and early learning services in Central Ohio. The organization also provides referrals to licensed child care programs – both center and home based.

Child Care Aware: Child Care Aware provides comprehensive, nationwide child care resources and information for parents and caregivers. Operated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this site provides information on ages and stages, child safety, family life, healthy living and health issues, child and adolescent development, etc.

Help Me Grow: Help Me Grow provides education, developmental screenings, services and referrals for expectant parents, newborns, infants, and toddlers in the state of Ohio.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. NAEYC Accreditation is the gold standard for early childhood programs across the country. Families of young children who attend NAEYC-accredited programs can be confident that they deliver the highest quality early care and education.

Thrive: Thrive is a continuum of developmentally appropriate parenting programs that are available at no cost to parents and caregivers of children from birth to 18 years old. Online, universal parenting programs are available to parents. Additional resources contain ideas for how parents can include children in completing daily tasks, like cooking and laundry, and how to stay active while being indoors.

ZERO TO THREE: ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.