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Educating Children

Fostering Community & Building Capacity

The HFF Dowd Education Center provides STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) focused academic programming for children in grades K-8.  The Center has both afterschool and summer programs that provide both education and intervention that support the Ohio Department of Education standards and local school curriculums.  Other activities provided to enhance social skills, self-esteem and overall health include homemade nutritious meals daily; fitness and recreation activities; field trips; and, presentations from outside agencies that support education and well-being.  

In addition, the Dowd education program supports thriving children by offering additional family stabilizing resources & support services to the families of enrolled students. This can include access to our food pantry, school supplies, an invitation to our annual Holiday toy drive, and financial assistance for emergency needs. 

The Dowd Education Center is Now Virtual! In response to the current covid19 pandemic and in accordance with the state's mandates for the safety of our students, families, and community we will be providing education and support services through virtual programming and home deliveries.

Virtual Programming will include daily lessons in a small group setting with access to follow up activities and lessons accessible online. All supplies for the activities will be provided weekly and can include items such as watercolors, pencils, crayons, sewing supplies, and more...

All Dowd students receive daily food delivery include a cold breakfast and lunch and family-style dinner meals on Fridays. 

All TANF qualified families can apply to enroll in the Dowd Education Center programs.

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For questions contact Jermaine Kennedy at 614.715.8544 or


SPARK Pre-K Program


SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) provides families of 3-5-year-old children with the skills and tools needed to prepare their children to enter kindergarten.  Parent Partners conduct monthly home visits, working with parents to become their child’s first teacher.  This program is open to children throughout Franklin County.  Students enrolled in our Spark program will also have access to support services including case management, access to our food pantry, and financial assistance for emergency needs.

Spark Program is now virtual! We offer 1 lesson per week for 12 weeks. We will provide book kits that include books, reading activities, pencils, crayons, and more... Parents are given access to Class Dojo to submit the completion of assignments to their teacher. 

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