Parents’ Day Out Programs

Let’s paint a picture.

You, a stay-at-home-parent, occasionally find yourself daydreaming about sitting by yourself, drinking a hot (what’s that?) beverage, scrolling through your social media feed without a tiny human’s hands grabbing at your phone. Your kid isn’t quite ready (or old enough) for preschool, but if you aren’t able to get just a little time for yourself during the week, you’re seriously going to lose your sanity.

Enter the Parents’ Day Out program.

You may be thinking, “What is this ‘Parents’ Day Out’ you speak of?” If you have a child who isn’t quite ready for preschool (or maybe you’re not quite ready for preschool), this is a great alternative. Many churches offer this one-day a week option for you to drop off your child for a couple of hours of supervised play and socializing while you run errands, meet with a friend, or just grab a cup of coffee and some alone time. Much like preschools, there is usually a monthly fee. Also, like preschools, you have to enroll your child ahead of time, and many of these sought after programs fill up quickly.

I can personally attest to the usefulness of these programs because I enrolled my son in one when he was just 15 months old. He was extremely clingy and being a fairly independent person, I was feeling a little stifled by thoughts of being the one and only person he would ever be comfortable with. Fast forward 2 years and preschool drop-offs have never been a problem for us. Also, I get to enjoy a couple of hours to myself.

Below is a list of some of the Parents’ Day Out programs in the Columbus area. Feel free to check them out if you are in need of some “me time”! 

Local Parents’ Day Out Programs

Covenant Presbyterian

Address: 2070 Ridgecliff Rd, Upper Arlington

Frequency: Monday-Friday (choose one day), 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Program offered September-May. 

Tuition: $22 weekly tuition

Additional Fees: $25 registration fee

Ages: 18 mos-3 years old 

Delaware Cooperative Preschool

Address: Asbury United Methodist
55 West Lincoln Avenue, Delaware

Frequency: Tue-Wed-Thur, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. This program is in session for 36 weeks of the year.

Tuition – $400/$800/$1,200 for the program (based on number of days attending)

Additional Fees: $60 Membership fee and a $30 cleaning fee (which is deducted off your March invoice if you’ve completed the cleaning on your scheduled date.)

Ages:  2 years – 3 years old 

Dublin Baptist Church

Address: 7195 Coffman Rd, Dublin

Frequency: Tue-Thur-Fri, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Program offered September-May

Tuition – $120/$210/$300 monthly (based on number of days attending)

Additional Fees: $50/$75/$100 registration fee (based on number of days attending)

Ages: 18 mos – 5 years old 

Indian Run United Methodist

Address: 6305 Brand Rd, Dublin

Frequency: Program offered Tue-Weds-Thur, 9:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Tuition: $83 per month 

Additional Fees: $35 registration fee; $40 supply fee

Ages: 2-3 years old 

Jerome United Methodist Church


Frequency: Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Kids Morning Out Program is offered September through mid-May.

Tuition: $70 a month 

Additional Fees: A $25 registration fee, $40 supply fee, and $70 May 2019 tuition fee will be collected at the time of registration.

Ages: Participants must be at least 24 months, but less than 36 months by September 30th of the current school year.

Karl Road Baptist Church

Address: 5750 Karl Road, Columbus

Frequency: Fridays 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Program offered September-May (follows Columbus City School calendar)

Tuition: $60 monthly 

Additional Fees: $20 registration fee

Ages: 18 mos-5 years old 

New Albany United Methodist

Address: 20 Third Street, New Albany

Frequency: Tuesday/ Thursday or just Fridays 9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. “Tot Time” is offered September-May.

Tuition: $140 for Tuesday/Thursday or $80 for Friday 

Additional Fees: $50 registration fee 

Ages: 2.5-3 years old 

Northwest United Methodist

Address: 5200 Riverside Dr, Columbus

Frequency: Program offered September-May- Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Tuition: $70 monthly tuition 

Additional Fees: $50 registration fee

Ages: 15 mos-5 years old 
** Enrollment begins April 1

Peace United Methodist

Address: 235 Diley Rd, Pickerington

Frequency: Fridays 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Program offered August-May

Tuition: $80 monthly 

Additional Fees: $50 registration fee

Ages: 2-5 years old 

Registration begins May 1. 

Powell United Methodist

Address: 825 East Olentangy Street, Powell

Frequency: Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Tuition: $440/semester (Fall) and $477/semester (Winter)

Ages 2-5 years old 

Scioto Ridge United Methodist

Address: 4343 Dublin Rd, Hilliard

Frequency: Tues-Wed-Thurs 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Program offered September-May

Tuition: $70 monthly

Additional Fees: $50 registration fee

Ages: 6 mos-5 years old 

If we missed any parents’ day out programs, feel free to comment with the church name/website!

For preschool options, be sure to check out our Guide to Central Ohio Preschools.

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One Response to Parents’ Day Out Programs

  1. Amy Ricke May 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

    Parkview Presbyterian Church
    6969 East Livingston Ave
    Reynoldsburg Ohio 43068
    Parents Day Out Program
    9am-1pm Every Friday
    $60 per month
    Registration Fee $50