Capital Campaign

  • Where We’re Headed

    A pillar in our community for 70 years, The Childhood League
    Center is making plans for the next 70 years.

    Founded in 1945, The Childhood League Center has been a leader in early childhood education for children with special needs. Through both home-based coaching and classroom programs, an entire team works to provide education, therapies, interventions and social-emotional growth through play

    This campaign will allow The Center to expand its innovative programming to more children, and its success will mean the continuance of the most effective and progressive early childhood education and interventions for children and families in Franklin County.

  • The New Center Will

    • Double Our Current Space

      New campus will be 40,000 square feet on 4 acres on the historic Fort Hayes campus

    • Add More Classrooms

      We will be able to increase our current amount of classrooms from 6 to 10

    • Increase Children Served by 57%

      We will more than double the amount of children we serve today in our new campus

    • New Outdoor Environment

      New environment will be unlike any other in the nation – that invites exploration and wonder

  • WHY NOW?

    • Weekly, 50–70 children in Franklin County under age 3 are referred for a suspected developmental delay

    • Demand for early intervention services are increasing at unprecedented rates

    • The current Center is 25 years old with many structural limitations, notable deterioration, insufficient parking and no room for growth

    • 1 out of every 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    • 4,800 children in the Columbus City School district do not have access to pre-kindergarten programs

  • Total Philanthropic Goal: $11,575,000

    The total philanthropic goal includes the cost of construction, a sustainability fund and three years of operating reserves. We are eager to break ground and make this dream – this passion – a reality.

    Help children and families by becoming a part of the story.
    Make (future) history! Donate Now

    Commemorative opportunities begin at $10,000.

    For more information or for questions, contact Nicole Papa Odegaard
    at or call (614) 253-6933 Ext. 227

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