Moving with a family? Columbus isn’t just great for school; it’s great for life.
Columbus is the 15th-largest city in the nation and was recently ranked as one of the seven most intelligent cities in the world by The Intelligent Communities Forum. Columbus is a thriving city and the capital of Ohio, with six Fortune 500 companies and an unemployment rate much lower than the national average.
Businesses around the city that employ many of its residents include American Electric Power, Cardinal Health, the City of Columbus, DSW Inc. Huntington National Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Limited Brands Inc., Motorists Mutual Insurance Co., Nationwide, OhioHealth, The Ohio State University, and Time Warner. It’s a city of opportunity with big and growing industries including, but not limited to, banking, medicine and health, sales, information technology, and law.
On-campus Day Care Options
The university offers day care on campus in two different, convenient locations for students with children. The Ackerman Road day care accommodates 320 children, ranging from infants to kindergarteners. The Buckeye Village facility accommodates up to 115 children, ranging from infants to preschoolers. This facility allows children to remain with the same classmates and staff until preschool, building a sense of community within the program. Summer school child care is also available at both locations.
The teacher-to-child ratios at both facilities are impressive compared with the state-required averages.
All caregivers are trained; administrators have master’s degrees in child development or equivalent training and experience; and early childhood teachers have bachelor’s degrees in child development or equivalent training and experience. Tuition is calculated on a sliding scale based on household income and the number of days of care needed. Ohio State’s child care facilities base tuition on the age group the child is enrolled in, not necessarily on the age of the child.
More information about Ohio State’s Child Care Program can be found here.
Day Care Around Columbus
Beyond Ohio State, families have other options for child care in the Columbus area. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has a user-friendly search engine for parents to seek out care in areas of their choosing. The site employs a “star rating” system, rating many of the care providers based on quality, with three stars indicating a “level of quality (that) exceeds Ohio’s child care licensing standards.”
For more information on private child care centers around Columbus, visit the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services website.
Top School Districts in the Columbus Area
The Columbus metropolitan area is home to some of the best schools in Ohio. Nine local school districts rank in the top 15 percent statewide. Many districts take top honors, as several are rated “Excellent with Distinction” or “Excellent” by the Ohio Department of Education, including: Bexley City Schools, Dublin City Schools, Grandview Heights City Schools, Hilliard City Schools, Olentangy Local Schools (Powell), Upper Arlington City Schools, Westerville City Schools, and Worthington Schools.