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Additional 2,450 Students Will Benefit from Early Childhood Education Expansion Grants

Release date: 10/9/2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – This year, hundreds of Ohio’s disadvantaged children will attend preschool who otherwise would not have, thanks to additional funding for high-quality preschool programs from the state of Ohio.

When Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 59 into law, he increased the state’s investment in early childhood education services.  House Bill 59 allocates an additional $10 million to the early childhood education program for Fiscal Year 2014.

The money will be distributed through Early Childhood Education Expansion Grants targeted to preschool programs that are already high quality and are located in high-needs areas of the state.

“This program is providing funds for an additional 2,450 children to attend high-quality preschools where they will get the education and care they need to become well-prepared for kindergarten,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross said. “We know in Ohio that if children are behind when they start school, it’s more likely they they will  struggle academically in later grades. It’s critical that we prepare every young child for success in school.” 

Grant recipients provide early education and family supports that are required by Ohio for early learning programs to be considered high-quality.

These programs will be monitored during the school year through Step Up To Quality, Ohio’s quality rating and improvement system.

A listing of programs that earned additional funding can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website and on the Early Childhood Ohio website.