Children’s futures should never be determined by their zip codes.

To turn this belief into reality, we start by working to ensure that every child enters kindergarten ready to learn and thrive. Ready to excel academically, socially, and emotionally. 

Every Child. Every Family. Every Community.


Our Goal

100% of Franklin County children will demonstrate readiness for kindergarten by 2025.

To achieve this goal, we must start before preschool. Even before birth.

We must look at the whole child, the whole family, and the whole community.

We must fix shortages and unequal distribution of quality early-learning opportunities for children.

Improve the access and effectiveness of training available to teachers.

Increase the education and resources available to parents.

Raise awareness of the crucial role early-childhood mental, physical, and emotional health plays in the future success of our children.


But it doesn’t stop at kindergarten.

For our children to achieve their potential, we must help them not only be prepared to start school, but also be prepared for elementary school, middle school, high school, and beyond.

And yes, academic readiness is part of the solution, but so is social and emotional development. So is reducing non-academic barriers for every child. So is identifying and addressing gaps and shortcomings in our existing systems.

We’re not alone in this mission.

It’s more than just all of us here at Future Ready Columbus.

It’s our board.

It’s our sponsors and partners.

It’s parents.

It’s early-learning educators.

It’s schools.

It’s other nonprofit organizations.

It’s libraries and museums.

It’s churches and community centers.

It’s you.

Want to learn more? Want to help?

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Board Members:

Andrew J. Ginther, City of Columbus, Co-Chair

George S. Barrett, Former Chairman and CEO, Cardinal Health, Co-Chair

Chad Jester, Nationwide Foundation

David Harrison, Columbus State Community College

Kenneth N. Wilson, Franklin County Board of Commissioners

Michael B. Coleman, Ice Miller Legal Counsel

Tanny Crane, Crane Group

Timothy J. Clarke, First Church of God


1907 Leonard Avenue, Suite 150
Columbus, Ohio 43219