Human Services

South Side Learning & Development Center

Building Knowledge Through Discovery

Mission

To provide high-quality, affordable child care and early learning through educational programs that support children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years, in reaching developmental milestones and preparing for kindergarten in a safe, positive environment while helping strengthen families.

Ruling Year

1953

Executive Director

Colin McGinnis

Main Address

280 REEB AVE

COLUMBUS, OH 43207 USA

Keywords

child care, early childhood, family services, pre-school, Head Start, Early Head Start

EIN

31-4379811

 Number

4358716436

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Child Day Care (P33)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

South Side Learning & Development Center works to provide early learning opportunities for Columbus' inner city south side, one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the state of Ohio, to help children develop the skills and behaviors needed to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Early Head Start

Head Start Preschool

SSLDC Preschool

Family Services Center

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

South Side Learning & Development Center's goal is to provide high-quality, affordable child care and early learning through educational programs that support children, ages 6-weeks to 5-years, in reaching developmental milestones and preparing for kindergarten in a safe, positive environment while helping strengthen families. Our comprehensive programs are aimed at promoting the intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth, and developmental needs of each child.

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), our early learning program has been promoting intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth, and development that meets the needs of each child 6-weeks to 5-years-of-age on Columbus’ South Side since 1922. Programming is provided year round, Monday through Friday from 6 am to 6 pm. Daily activities are child-initiated and teacher-supported, bolstered by a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that emphasizes the relationships between teachers, children and their families. Classrooms have low teacher-child ratios and emphasis on kindergarten readiness. In conjunction with these classroom activities, supports are provided to enhance overall wellbeing (i.e., Famy Services Center to support family needs, dental and vision screening, physical exams, and mental wellness support). Our Full Bellies Full Minds family-style meals provide children 2 nutritious meals and a snack each day.

The South Side Learning & Development Center is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of our community. Located at a new state-of-the-art facility at the Reeb Avenue Center, our program serves up to 111 children daily in 3 infant/toddler and 5 preschool classrooms. Programming blends various public, private and nonprofit partners to offer Early Head Start, Head Start, and SSLDC Preschool programs. Being a partner in the Reeb Avenue Center's "Hub of Hope" model allows families to be served by any of the partnering agencies working at Reeb without having to travel to a different agency or location. Our early learning program is focused on the community we serve—aligning curriculum, assessment, standards and best practices to promote positive outcomes, identify early delays, and foster optimal development. To support high-quality program delivery, we provide low teacher-child ratios, employs degreed teachers, and conduct development assessments to ensure we are meeting student needs.

To ensure the effectiveness of our high quality early learning South Side Learning & Development Center tracks the growth and development of each child. By the time our students enter kindergarten, we are able to see differences in school readiness, expressive language, and verbal comprehension.

In 2017, 94% of children attending South Side Learning & Development Center for more than 90 days of instruction met or exceeded age-appropriate developmental milestones. As nearly half of our families have a household income under $10,000 this is a huge milestone to celebrate. As we look toward the future, South Side Learning & Development Center will look to serve even more of Columbus' families in the south side with the same high-quality early learning experiences​. We also look to grow our services and provide further support to parents and families. We know when parents' needs are met, they are better able to support the health and development of their children. By providing family support, we are only further developing the child.

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Financials

South Side Learning & Development Center

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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