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Research has shown the positive impact adults can have on children’s growth and development when they continue to participate in their own learning about early childhood development. Action for Children sponsors a variety of classes to serve the needs of all early childhood professionals including home providers, center directors and staff. We offer a wide variety of topics including Infants and Toddlers, Preschool, School-age, Administrative, Nutrition, and more!

Please click here for step-by-step instructions for registering on the Ohio Professional Development Network (OPDN) and finding the calendar of classes.

Professional Development Scholarship Opportunity


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Upcoming Professional Development Offerings

Please click here for step-by-step instructions for registering on the Ohio Professional Development Registry and finding the calendar of classes.

Directors Roundtable
Meet with other center Directors and Administrators at this series of Brown Bag lunches to network; address your questions and concerns, share the latest professional development information, and discuss special topics guided by your interests. Many of your colleagues have already joined us. For information about Directors Roundtable, please contact Tammy Evans at 614-224-0222, ext. 171.

For information about program schedules during inclement weather, please see Action for Children's Inclement Weather Policy.

For general questions about Professional Development opportunities at Action for Children, please call or email Karen Crockett at 614-224-0222, ext. 111 or

Our Professional Development Policies

Course Confirmation:
Due to the high volume of Professional Development that we offer to the community Action for Children does not call or mail course confirmations but encourages you to check your registration & payment status on your Registry Profile account on the Ohio Professional Development Registry. You can also call Karen Crockett at 614-224-0222, ext. 111 or Amber Holsinger at 614-224-0222, ext. 167 to confirm your enrollment. Please have course date and numbers ready when calling.

Cancellation Policy and Refundable Deposits:
If you cannot attend a class that you have registered for, please cancel yourself from the specific class information page on the Ohio Professional Development Registry. For fee-based classes, payment is due one week prior to the first day of the class. If payment has not been received by one week prior, your registration will be canceled. If you do not call us or cancel your registration on the Ohio Professional Development Registry at least one week prior to the start of the course you will NOT receive your registration fee back. Credit cards are not accepted.

Courses with Pre-requisites:
Some courses have pre-requisites and participants are required to show proof of attendance for those pre-requisites at the door. Action for Children has the right to deny entrance to those without proof of completing required pre-requisites.

15 Minute Grace Period:
Action for Children courses start promptly and it is recommended that participants arrive at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start to get signed-in. Since credit is awarded in clock-hours those more than 15 minutes late will not be allowed to attend the course.

Action for Children cannot accommodate children during training courses. Please make alternate arrangements.

Individuals with Disabilities:
If you are an individual with a disability and will need an accommodation to attend a training course, please contact the staff within your county at least two weeks prior to the date of the course in order to request your accommodation.

Parking: Action for Children in Columbus (Franklin County) - the building name is Cee Cullman Center for Children
Parking meters in front of the building on Jefferson Avenue are monitored from 8am-10pm daily. If you park at a meter, you will be responsible for paying the meter.**
DAYTIME PARKING: For courses that begin between 8:30am & 5:30pm, there is FREE parking available in the church parking lot at the SW corner of Long St. & Jefferson Avenue. Use spots 44-88.
EVENING/WEEKEND PARKING: For courses that begin after 5:30pm & Saturdays, FREE parking is available in the two small lots behind Action for Children (to the north) with access from Willow Alley. Please note, tandem parking may be required on evenings with multiple classes. FREE parking is also available in the church parking lot at the SW corner of Long St. & Jefferson Avenue in all spots.

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE PARKING: Two accessible parking spots are available behind the Action for Children building with access from Willow Alley 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Course Registration/Registration Confirmation/Registration Cancellation/Wait Lists/Checks:
Karen Crockett, 614-224-0222, ext. 111 or email
Amber Holsinger, 614-224-0222, ext. 167 or email

Additional Professional Development Resources

Ohio Department of Health
(Communicable Disease Charts)

State Support Team Region 11

Columbus Association for the Education
of Young Children (CAEYC)

OSU Extension
Administration, State of Ohio

There are other professional development opportunities for Ohio early childhood educators such as attending conferences sponsored by:

  • OAEYC (The Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children)
  • CAEYC (The Columbus Association for the Education of Young Children)
  • ODE (The Ohio Department of Education, Early Childhood Education)

In the Columbus area many early childhood education classes are offered at The Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican College, Capital University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Otterbein College and Columbus State Community College.


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