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About Us

The Child Development Council of Franklin County, Inc. (CDCFC) is a private, non-profit organization funded by the U.S. Office of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start and the City of Columbus, Early Start Program.
CDCFC provides high quality, comprehensive early childhood education and development services to income eligible pregnant women and children 0-5 and their families. Head Start services are provided at No Cost to families. Full-day services are available to families with publicly funded childcare (PFCC) or on a sliding fee scale to those who qualify.

Children in kinship care, foster care, families that are homeless and children with disabilities have priority for enrollment

About Us
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Core Beliefs

CDCFC is able to expand its reach and enhance its work through collaborations with Columbus Area agencies and organizations such as Columbus City Schools, City of Columbus Department of Parks and Recreations, Churches and other community organizations. CDCFC is governed by a Board of Directors representing diverse backgrounds consisting of corporate and community leaders; Policy Council whose members are 51% current Head Start parents and community representatives and President & CEO Brenda Rivers. CDCFC employees over 420 full-time staff.

CDCFC’s Vision

We envision... 

The Child Development Council of Franklin County (CDCFC) is the premier provider of comprehensive educational opportunities for children and families. Focusing on reducing the effects of generational poverty, CDCFC serves as an advocate for low-income families by elevating the experiences and voices of the most vulnerable. In celebration of cultural and linguistic differences, CDCFC prepares and equips children and families to be successful in learning and life. 

CDCFC’s Mission

To enrich the lives of children and Families

CDCFC’s Core Beliefs

Parents have the primary responsibility for their children and are partners with CDCFC in assisting with their development

Children and youth must be our country’s highest priority for the investment of time, money and resources.

Our families deserve respect, social benefits and access to resources as families from any community; therefore, we are committed to quality, integrity and continuous improvement of the programs we deliver

Our programs must be accountable to the community in which we work, and the dollars invested must have maximum benefit

It is the responsibility of each team member to recruit and keep satisfied customers

Service to our children and families takes priority over all other tasks

“To enrich the lives of children and families”

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The Child Development Council of Franklin County
999 Crupper Avenue
Columbus, OH 43229
(614) 271-4056