274 Marconi Boulevard   Columbus OH 43215
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4940 Scioto Darby Road    Hilliard OH 43026
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History of City Kids
In 1989 City Kids Downtown opened its doors to the families of downtown working professionals. It was the founder's goal to provide high quality child care close to the parents’ workplace. The goal was and is to encourage and facilitate parent involvement and accessibility to their children as well as to the school’s activities throughout the day.

In 1999, with City Kids Daycare’s efforts to expand its ability to meet these needs, an additional location was established to provide care and education for more families. City Kids in Hilliard was opened in the summer of 1999. This location is in Hilliard, Ohio to meet the needs of working parents in the suburbs of Columbus.

City Kids Daycare maintains a staff of teachers who are responsible for a smaller number of children than the State of Ohio requires. We are a state-licensed facility open downtown from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and in Hilliard from 6:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. throughout the year. To ensure excellent communication between families and the school, City Kids Daycare sends home daily information sheets. Hot, nutritionally balanced lunches are available everyday, and snacks are served every morning and afternoon with American Heart Association guidelines in mind.

Patricia Elam, Founder of City Kids DaycareSince 1981, owner and founder Patricia Elam has managed and operated respected childcare facilities in the Columbus, Ohio area. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Relations Child Development and a certification in Early Childhood Education from the Ohio State University. In the 1970s she was an elementary school teacherin the Upper Arlington City Schools. She served on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Child Care Association; has been a member of the Action For Children Assisting Board, City, State, and National Associations for the Education of Young Children; and is a member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Hilliard Chamber of Commerce.

Please feel free to stop by any time for a visit, or call us to schedule a personal interview and tour. We welcome the opportunity to serve you and your children's needs for quality child care.

City Kids Philosophy
To promote intellectual curiosity, sound social values, and emotional well-being.
To model sound personal development and to teach respect for others who are different.
To develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.
To teach students how to work independently and cooperatively.
To foster pride in work.
To develop economic and international understanding.
To promote awareness of cultural diversity.
To foster appreciation for the arts.
To help students realize the relationship of good health to success and happiness.
To develop in each student the ability to understand and to accept herself / himself.
To help each student accept responsibility.
The Importance of Play
  Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally-recognized authority on children in crisis. Dr. Perry is the Provincial Medical Director in Children’s Mental Health for the Alberta Mental Health Board. In addition, he is the Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy (, a Houston-based organization dedicated to research and education on child maltreatment. Dr. Perry has been consulted on many high-profile incidents involving traumatized children, including the Columbine, Colorado school shootings, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Branch Davidian siege.

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