Cincinnati and the Tristate · Education

Early Childhood Education

Child Focus, Inc. - Early Learning
Provides child care, Early Head Start, Head Start, and Help Me Grow programs for children ages 0-5.
A Child's Garden
Provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum that aligns to the Ohio State Early Learning Content Standards and Creative Curriculum. Focuses on language, fine motor skills, math, dramatic play, art, science, computer, and gross motor activities. Includes the Parents as Partners program.
Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency - Head Start
Provides school readiness experiences to children that will enhance the love of education and social competencies based on State and Federal Standards.
Cincinnati Union Bethel - Early Childhood Education
Provides Early Childhood Education and Head Start programs with an academic curriculum to ensure school readiness and social and academic competence for children ages 0-5. Serves the neighborhoods and surrounding vicinities of Camp Washington, College Hill, Millvale, Silver Oak, and Winton Hills.
Hamilton County Education Service Center - Early Learning Program
Provides the Early Learning Program that works in collaboration with 15 suburban Hamilton County public school districts for early childhood education. Programs include Ohio's Early Learning Initiative, Early Head Start, Head Start, and KIDS.
Ohio Ready to Read
Early childhood literacy resources and information for parents, teachers, librarians and advocates from Ready to Read, a program of the State Library of Ohio and the Ohio Library Council.

General Sites

American Red Cross - Cincinnati Region - Take a Class
Offers a variety of classes including health & safety, CPR, aquatic instruction, babysitter's training camp, and pet first aid.
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education
Provides curriculum development, teacher training and innovative educational programs for all communities, religious and secular, local and worldwide.
Centro De Amistad
Centro de Amistad in Northern Kentucky advocates for, and provides services and resources to the Latino and multi-cultural community.
CETConnect
Exclusive on-demand video in a variety of categories (Arts & Culture, Current Affairs, Lifelong Learning, etc.) from Cincinnati's public television station. Offers educational programs including the GED Connection series and adult learning services for workforce development. Also includes information about upcoming events and programs.
Choose To Read Ohio
A project of the State Library of Ohio designed to promote reading across Ohio to connect children, families, and all Ohioans in the experience of sharing literature together.
Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency - Workforce Development
Provides Adult Basic Literacy Education services, GED preparation, and computer training.
Cincinnati Public Schools - Adult Education
Offers a wide range of educational services citywide, including GED test preparation, ESOL training, and academic enrichment.
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
Serves as a catalyst to bring together volunteers and local businesses and organizations to help young people graduate from high school and successfully enter into postsecondary education or rewarding employment. Provides mentoring programs and college readiness services for grades 3 through 12.
Cincy School Zone
Find school and education news for Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana provided by Cincinnati Magazine and WCPO Channel 9 news.
CincyAfterSchool
Focuses on afterschool academic and personal enrichment for children and families by partnering with community organizations to provide programming and program sites.
Crystal Clear Science
Provides educational science programs and enrichment classes for grades P-8 for schools, libraries, scouts, and special events.
EdWorks
Partners with schools, districts, and states to provide effective, long-term high school improvement solutions by focusing on individual student achievement and support, teaching practice, and school climate.
Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow
ECOT is a flexible, tuition-free online public school in Ohio educating students in grades K-12. Provides information about enrollment, educational programs, courses, and online learning tools.
Foundation for Ohio River Education
A non-profit organization that offers programs that get participants on the water and engaged in preserving the cultural, ecological, and economic value of our rivers. Offers programs aboard an historic floating classroom called the PA Denny and at schools and venues throughout Greater Cincinnati.
Friends of Big Bone
Non-profit organization that works to promote, preserve, research, and memorialize the history and prehistory of the Big Bone Lick Valley, located in Boone County, Kentucky. Provides educational programs for schools, teachers and the public. Site offers articles, reports, videos and related resources. Sponsors an annual Salt Festival with educational activities, programs, and special events to educate the public about the park's archeological and paleontological history.
Gateway to Success Program
A free computer-based program from Great Oaks for 18-21 year olds to complete high school. Includes one-on-one support, flexible schedule, and career planning.
Greater Cincinnati Environmental Educators
An umbrella organization composed of environmental education organizations and parks to promote environmental education resources available to classroom teachers throughout Greater Cincinnati, facilitate interaction and collaboration among environmental education professionals, and provide outreach and training to classroom teachers. Includes a calendar of events.
Greater Cincinnati Writer's League
Members read, write, critique, and promote poetry in the Cincinnati area. Includes information about publishing, poetry readings, and annual poetry contest.
iSpace
Offers programs for students, educators and families which support and enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Includes pre-school programs, community outreach events, after-school/weekend activities, and summer camp.
Kentucky Adult Education - GED
Provides information for preparation and locations for taking the GED in Northern Kentucky.
Kentucky Educational Television
Kentucky’s public television station offers educational programs including the GED Connection series for taking the GED.
LifePoint Solutions - English and Acculturation Services
A merger between Family Service and Clermont Counseling Center. Provides services for Cincinnati immigrants, refugees, and international visitors including English classes, ESOL, academic preparation, acculturation, and American civics education.
Literacy Center West
Provides literacy instruction, GED preparation, and job-readiness assistance to residents of the Greater Cincinnati area.
Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati
Serves as a contact center for literacy programs in eight counties: Hamilton, Clermont, Butler, and Warren in Ohio; Kenton, Campbell, and Boone in Kentucky; and Dearborn in Indiana. Works with a coalition of more than 100 literacy-provider agencies and more than 30 schools throughout the region. Advocates the development of literacy in the individual, family, workplace, school, and community by raising awareness, improving access, and serving as a catalyst for literacy efforts.
Lower Price Hill Community School - Education
Offers GED instruction, adult basic literacy education, English for Speakers of other Languages program, and college courses.
Newport Adult Learning Centers
Offers GED preparation, family literacy programs, ESOL, and reading/writing/math refreshers in Northern Kentucky.
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission
Offers GED preparation through the Youthbuild program for youth between the ages of 16-24 in Northern Kentucky.
Ohio Reading Road Trip
A multimedia language arts curriculum for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. The integrated curriculum package is designed to spark students' interest in reading by bringing some of Ohio's best-known authors into the classroom through video, Internet, broadcast, and print resources. All lessons are aligned with the Ohio Academic Content Standards and include nonfiction reading and writing activities to help students prepare for the Ohio Graduation Test.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Cincinnati offers courses each quarter for adults aged fifty and above. Includes online course list, information on registering, locations, and e-newsletter.
Parents for Public Schools in Greater Cincinnati
Advocates for excellence in public schools and develops and sustains constructive parent and community involvement to aid in student achievement. Includes information about the Parents Leadership Institute, which offers strategic training to parent groups.
Peaslee Neighborhood Center
A center for Over-the-Rhine and neighboring communities for community-based arts initiatives. Includes a Child Development Center for young children with day care services, school-readiness instruction, and the Edible Schoolyard program. Provides a Neighborhood Story Center, Strings Program, Steel Drum Band, piano lessons, Women's Group, and outreach services.
PLCH · Adult Education in Cincinnati
The Library's index to adult education classes in the Greater Cincinnati area.
PLCH · Children’s Learning Center
Visit the website of the Children's Learning Center at the Main Library.
PLCH Yearbook Collection
List of holdings in the Library's collection of high school and college yearbooks.
Public Allies Cincinnati
Provides leadership skills to teens and young adults through apprenticeships in nonprofits with intensive skills training, active community-building projects, personalized coaching, and critical reflection.
SPCA Cincinnati - Humane Education Program
Offers free classes to students, teachers, and civic groups to learn responsible animal care and safety around animals. Presentations are given at schools throughout Hamilton County, Head Start sites, after-school programs, scout troops and summer camp groups.
Strive
A regional partnership, supported by the business, education, non-profit, philanthropic, and civic sectors that work to develop the best educational system from preschool to college and improve educational achievement.
Urban Appalachian Council of Greater Cincinnati - Programs
Provides Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, workforce development skills, and cultural diversity training.
Urban League of Greater Cincinnati - Adult Services
Offers free GED classes for adults, with instructors provided by Cincinnati Public Schools.
Winners Walk Tall
A community based character-building program for youths. Schools invite character coach volunteers to spend 10-15 minutes in classrooms each week helping children learn fundamental lessons such as manners, behavior, and ethics.
Women Writing for a Change
Private writing school with a feminist philosophy aiming to improve peoples lives through the art of writing and the practices of community. Provides information about programs and outreach initiatives.
YWCA - Literacy Program
Offers services for those looking for assistance with improving their literacy skills, earning their GED, and advancing English Language skills.

Competitions & Contests

Cincinnati Innovates
A Greater Cincinnati regional competition that is open to anyone who has an innovation, idea, or invention and has a Greater Cincinnati connection. This competition is designed to showcase the technological, artistic, and ingenious innovations of all Cincinnatians - whether you are from Cincinnati originally or live or work in the Greater Cincinnati area (OH, IN, KY). Includes a Student Innovator category.
Greater Cincinnati Writer's League Poetry Contest
The League sponsors an annual poetry contest for participants 18 years or older who submit up to three poems for judging. Includes entry information and lists current and past winners.
Learning Through Art - Cincinnati Snaps Photo Exhibition & Competition
A unique arts and culture community engagement project that encourages Greater Cincinnati residents to see the region through their eyes by submitting photos that capture the essence of their neighbors, neighborhoods and communities. Includes contest rules, fact sheet and past winners.
Lexus Eco Challenge
A national contest that encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities.
Opera Idol Cincinnati
Cincinnati Opera's competition with singers from Greater Cincinnati audition to get a chance to sing with the Cincinnati Opera during the following season. Singers perform live with commentary from Idol judges. Audience votes determine the finalists. Provides song selections from the contestants and videocasts of their performance.
Power of the Pen
Ohio's educational enhancement program devoted to excellence in creative writing and designed for writers at the 7th and 8th grade levels. The organization provides in-class instructional aids for students and the opportunity for schools to meet and compete in three levels of formal, tournament competition: District, Regional, and State.
Scripps National Spelling Bee
Headquartered in Cincinnati, the Scripps National Spelling Bee provides materials and works with sponsors to help students prepare for local spelling bees. Between mid-August and mid-October, schools enroll for participation in the program for the current academic year. During the fall and winter, schools conduct spelling bee programs at the classroom, grade, and/or school level, and send their spelling champions to the next level of competition and advance to the finals in Washington, D.C.
State Science Day - The Ohio Academy of Science
Students in grades 7-12 compete for scholarships and awards based on individual or team research science projects.
Stock Market Game Ohio
SMG Ohio is a non-profit organization that coordinates, organizes and implements the Stock Market Game™ in Ohio. Run by the Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati, the game offers a market simulation using real-time data. Resources are provided to teachers and empower students to get engaged in learning financial topics through the Stock Market Game. Partners with local media to recognize students on their achievements and provides opportunities to offer trips and prizes for the winning teams!
U.S. Dept. of Energy National Science Bowl
The National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students' knowledge in science and math. High school and middle school students are quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy. Regional winners then travel to the national competition.
WorldQuest
Sponsored by the World Affairs Council, the competition tests competitors knowledge of current affairs, world leaders, geography, recent history, flags, international organizations, countries, regions, the world economy, culture, religion, and more. There are 43 local competitions around the country. The winners of local competitions are invited to compete at the national competition, held in Washington, DC each spring.

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