In 2002, Betty Schoenbaum had an inspired idea. She wanted to create an ideal early childhood development center to serve young children, their families and the community.
“I’ve read about how birth through age four is the most important learning time in children’s lives,” she said at that time. Her concern focused on children at risk.
“Quality nurturing and stimulation help children be ready for school and become useful citizens of the world.”
Schoenbaum’s vision meshed with the college’s need for more space for its A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning, created in 1925 as a working nursery-school laboratory.
The child care courses begun then made Ohio State among the first academic institutions nationwide to offer education in the subject, along with research and college student engagement.
By 2000, the 30 enrolled children under age 5 had the school bursting at the seams in the lower level of Campbell Hall.
Take a look at what’s happened since as Schoenbaum’s dream came true: to change lives at the Schoenbaum Family Center (SFC) at Weinland Park.