Future 50: Colin McGinnis, South Side Early Learning

Laura Newpoff
2020 Future 50 class member Colin McGinnis

Future 50 Class of 2020

Colin McGinnis

CEO, South Side Early Learning

About: Colin McGinnis was hired to lead South Side Early Learning in 2018. Since 1922, it has provided care and early childhood education for thousands of children. McGinnis paved the way for Project NUDL, an upcoming social enterprise training and research institute that intends to change the way educators nurture, understand, discover and learn during the first 2,000 days of a child’s life. NUDL will provide opportunities to share the center’s nearly 100 years of knowledge and resources, test new ideas and advance early education.

McGinnnis also is working to narrow the $39,797 pay gap that exists between the average preschool and K-12 teacher’s salary. Through the NUDL model, the center will give back 30 percent of impact dollars to invest in network members’ staff.

Outside of work: McGinnis is a Family Pride Network board member. He’s also involved in committee work with the Early Childhood Advisory Council, Future Ready Columbus, Kindergarten Readiness Advisory Council, Pediatric Vital Signs and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “Columbus is booming. With this boom has come rapid growth and a new opportunity to develop a comprehensive universal early education program driven by public-private partnerships. This would provide our youngest citizens and their families the foundation they need to thrive, develop an infrastructure we can use to attract new residents, retain our workforce and sustain economic growth.”

McGinnis’ idea: “Many nonprofit employees are truly working a labor of love due to long hours, low salaries and benefits that are less than desired. We have hit a high of nearly 20 percent turnover nationally in the sector. In bringing together 50 leaders and innovators, we have access to a vast network and incredible talent that could develop a shared services program to provide better benefits to nonprofit employees.”

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