The Spring issue marks the magazine's debut as a glossy publication.

The issue of Columbus Parent that you’re holding right now looks quite different than the last copy you picked up—a fact we hope you noticed right away.

We announced in December that the publication would be undergoing some major improvements this year, the most notable of which is a shift to a traditional glossy magazine. This format offers a high-quality reader experience, and also allows us to place more emphasis on photos, storytelling and design.

While the change wasn’t planned to coincide with our 30th anniversary, it happened to work out that way, giving us something extra special to celebrate in 2019.

Our goal was to deliver to readers and advertisers a product that is fresh, yet familiar. We kept the most popular pieces of content, based on what you’re reading and engaging with as well as results of a 2017 reader survey. But we also wanted to give Central Ohio parents more news and resources: more feature stories, more hard-hitting topics and more options for family fun. You’ll find all of those in the current issue, as well as a new Insights profile (on Columbus Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor Andrés Lopera) and the new Snapshot Q&A (with entrepreneur and mom Jeni Britton Bauer).  

The publication remains free—an important consideration for us—and available in all of the same areas around town.

While you’ll now find us in print quarterly, you can visit us online 24/7. We are committed to increasing the amount of web-exclusive content we provide, and reader favorites such as The Fam Five, Family Finance, The Go-To Guide, Hands On, Media Reviews and Pediatric HealthSource will continue on a monthly basis.

Our presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will remain robust, so please join and engage with us there, too.

We hope you enjoy reading the new Columbus Parent as much as we enjoyed reimagining it. Our team brought an amazing spirit of collaboration to this months-long process—in particular art director Alyse Pasternak, who led the charge on developing a fresh design vision and translating it so well onto these pages.

Let us know what you think. Happy reading!