Guidance on Transitioning and Serving Children with Disabilities
This communication provides guidance and expectations for providers serving children transitioning from Part C Early Intervention to Part B special education preschool services during the state of emergency and COVID-19 pandemic.
To: All Ohio Department of Education-Licensed Preschool and School-Age Child Care Providers
From: Wendy Grove, PhD, Director, Office of Early Learning and School Readiness
Date: June 9, 2020
RE: Reopening of Ohio Department of Education Preschool and School-Age Child Care Programs—Update
This letter serves as an update to the May 31, 2020 notification
of the option to reopen Ohio Department of Education-licensed preschool and school-age child care programs. Today, the State Board of Education adopted emergency rules that were necessary for programs to operate within the health and safety guidelines in the May 29, 2020 Director of Health Order
that reopens facilities providing child care services. Also, today, Governor DeWine signed Executive Order 2020-22D allowing Ohio Department of Education-licensed programs to reopen under the emergency rules adopted by the State Board of Education.
Ohio Department of Education-licensed preschool
programs may reopen as long as they operate in accordance with the emergency rule linked below in addition to the existing preschool licensing rules:
Existing preschool licensing rules
Emergency rule (3301-37-03.1
) and link to rule 5101:2-12-02.2
Ohio Department of Education-licensed school-age child care
programs may reopen as long as they operate in accordance with the emergency rule linked below in addition to the existing school-age child care licensing rules:
Existing School-Age Child Care rules
Emergency rule (3301-32-06.1
) and link to rule 5101:2-12-02.2
Schools or other educational settings considering opening a preschool or school-age child care program for the first time must follow these steps required
to become licensed by the Ohio Department of Education.
Thank you for your thoughtfulness in considering reopening. Visit the Ohio Department of Education’s webpage
for updated resources on reopening and reach out to the team of licensing specialists
with any questions.
Available to all Ohio children from birth to age 5!
COVID-19: Early Learning Frequently Asked Questions
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 ELSR@education.ohio.gov
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.