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About Us


To enrich family and community through early education.



To provide quality child care and early education in a safe and supportive Christian environment where young children are able to grow in body, mind, and spirit.

Preschool boy and girl playing with blocks at Play & Learn Christian Child Care in Columbus, OH

Our Story

Begun in 1980 by Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Play & Learn has been in operation for more than 40 years, serving the children and families of north Columbus, Worthington and surrounding communities. Child care services are provided for children ages 6 weeks to 8 years of age. Play & Learn is dedicated to serving families by providing a supportive and secure environment where children can play, learn, grow and develop and in which parents can have comfort and assurance knowing their children are nurtured and respected.

We are a privately owned and operated non-profit child day care center, licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services pursuant to Chapter 5104 of the Ohio Revised Code. Play & Learn is an outreach ministry of and housed in Gethsemane Lutheran Church.


  • Full-time infant program for children ages 6 weeks to 18 months

  • Full-time and part-time toddler and preschool programs for children ages 18 months to 5 years

  • Programs during summers for children ages 6 to 8 (kindergarten – 2nd grade)



State licensed: Play & Learn is licensed by the state ODJFS, meeting all Ohio standards and regulations.


Rated by Ohio's Step Up to Quality program: SUTQ recognizes early childhood education programs that exceed state licensing minimums and meet exceptional quality standards. Centers can earn up to five stars for how far they go past the minimum. Play & Learn has already earned our first star, and we're on track to achieve our second.

Applying to

Undergoing NAEYC accreditation process: Play & Learn is taking the rigorous steps to achieve a coveted accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which will place us in the top 10% of child care programs in the United States.


As a Christian child care center, we wish to exemplify our love for Christ in our daily lives by:

  1. Showing love and understanding for those with whom we come in contact

  2. Supporting the work of the church, the child care, and the staff

  3. Spporting the goals, principles, and philosophy of education of Play & Learn as well as its programs and administration.


As a center committed to providing quality early childhood care and education, we do not discriminate upon the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, economic status, or cultural background. We gladly accept and welcome children and families of all faith backgrounds.

Staff-Child Ratios

Play & Learn employs at least  the number of child care staff members needed to meet staff/child ratios for the center’s license capacity.  Below are the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services child care ratios—however, the ratios we follow will often be lower than state minimums.

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