Resources for Families
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Columbus City Schools is working with many of our community's non-profit, business, and social service partners to assist families with access to essential services as our city responds to the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus. If any organizations or individuals are interested in volunteering or making a donation, please click here for more information.
You can call 2-1-1 (614.221.2255) or visit www.211centralohio.org to reach thousands of social service, government, and community resources in Franklin County to address any problem you might be facing.
Temporary Pandemic Child Care
NEW! Beginning Thursday, March 26, only child care programs with a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license will be permitted to operate in Ohio, serving only essential workers defined by the state with priority for key health and safety occupations.
Action for Children’s website hosts information for families including an interactive map of Temporary Pandemic Child Care programs in Franklin County and the surrounding counties. Families can also submit a help request online or call 614-224-0222, ext. 299 for help connecting with a provider.
Connecting You to Help
Below are links to organizations that can connect your family to help.
HandsOn Central Ohio provides easy, immediate access to thousands of programs and services available at a range of nonprofit, government, and healthcare organizations across Central Ohio. Click here for an interactive resource map or click here for a searchable online database, with information on how you can get help with Adult Care, Emergency Food or Clothing, Health Care, Housing and Utility Assistance, and Mental Health and Counseling Resources.
CAP4Kids offers a listing of many community agencies who are committed to serving children and families, including information on Child Care, Food Assistance, Immigration/ESL, Legal and Financial Help, Medical Conditions or Supplies, Safety, and Shelters. Click here to access the CAP4Kids listing.
Action for Children has a comprehensive listing for more than 1600 child care providers in Central Ohio who are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or the Department of Education. To ask for assistance in finding child care, call Action for Children's Information and Referral team Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, at, 614-224-0222 or email your request to email@example.com.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank supplies food to more than 15 different food pantries in Franklin County, where you can get help with food for your family at no charge. Click here to see the list of Food Pantries in Franklin County.
Dial 3-1-1 to access the City of Columbus Service Center for help with requesting non-emergency City services. You can also call 614.645.3111 or click here to visit the 311 website.
Nationwide Children's Hospital can connect you with doctors and health services across the city. Click here to learn more about the Nationwide Childrens Care Connection or call 614.355.2590.
ADAMH continues to deliver behavioral health services to our children and families. As our community navigates these unprecedented times, your mental health remains our priority. Click here to log on to the ADMAH website. For emergency crisis support, call 614-276-2273.
Free COTA Bus RIdes
Columbus City Schools' partners at COTA are offering free bus rides to all riders during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
The suspension of fares will help students and families access our free "Grab-and-Go" food sites, as well as support many Central Ohioans who may be unable to pay fares due to unexpected unemployment. Suspension of fares will continue for the foreseeable future.
All riders are being asked to enter the busses through the rear doors to maintain social distancing. Customers who need to use a ramp will still be able to enter through the front door.