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Signup now for Children’s Vision Screening on-line course with Prevent Blindness

Prevent Blindness and the Save Our Sight Fund are offering an opportunity for distance learning during this unique time when gathering in groups is limited and many individuals are working remotely.


ODE Update for Early Learning Programs

ODE Licensed preschool or school-age child care provider, grantee, or early childhood program administrator:
 Ohio Department of Education continues to place resources on its website, including a printable prevention checklist, FAQ, and Guidance for K – 12 schools.

More information is forthcoming and will be posted to the Ohio Department of Education website as it becomes available. 
The FAQ linked above specifically includes guidance around the applicability of school closures for preschool classrooms. Here are the highlights: Preschool classrooms licensed by the Ohio Department of Education are mandated to close. School-Age Child Care programs licensed by the Ohio Department of Education can stay open at the discretion of the operating entity.
Ohio schools and community sponsors may operate under a waiver to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during school closures related to the coronavirus. Preschool and child care administrators/directors are encouraged to contact your local school district to inquire about emergency meal service and provide this information to the households. 
Guidance on special education is being completed and will be shared as soon as it is finalized.
The Centers for Disease Control has new information available on its website specifically for child care and early childhood programs including:
•         Interim Guidance for Administrators
•         FAQs for Administrators
•         Cleaning and Disinfecting Recommendations
•         Checklists for Teachers, Parents and Administrators and
•         Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
For those of you serving younger children, guidance is available from Zero to Three with tips for parents talking about coronavirus with their children.
Be safe and well and email us with specific questions you may have at
We’ve received many important questions already and we are working to provide the answers.
Thank you for your patience and thank you for everything you do for Ohio’s children.


Register Now for The Ohio Early Childhood Educators Conference April 23-25,2020

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Call For Proposals Now Open OCALICON- Inclusive Education Leadership Institute 2020

The OCALICON conference will be held November 11-13, 2020, at the Columbus Convention Center, and again will feature the Inclusive Education Leadership Institute, hosted by the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children and OCALI.


Early Childhood Home Visiting & The Ohio Department of Health Home Visiting Regional Meetings

2020 Home Visiting Regional Meetings

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