Early Childhood Education Grant for Families

The Early Childhood Education Grant is given to high-quality preschools to help prepare four-year old children for kindergarten.

Programs in high-needs areas of the state are awarded the grants. Programs that receive the grants include public preschool programs, chartered non-public schools, private preschool programs, Head Start programs, child care centers and family child care homes.

In order for your child to qualify for the grant he or she must be four years old at the beginning of the school year. Your family must also meet income requirements. If your child is four and on an Individualized Education Plan, your child can attend without your family meeting income requirements.

All programs that receive Early Childhood Education Grant funds are required to participate in Step Up To Quality, Ohio’s quality rating and improvement system. More information about Step Up To Quality can be found here

All children who participate in the Early Childhood Education Grant program will be assessed using the Early Learning Assessment. Information on this assessment, including the reason why assessment is important and how the assessment works can be found here.

Steps to enroll your child

  • Check the FY23 Awarded Programsto see if there is a program in your area.  There is contact information for each program listed. 
  • Contact the programs you select to see if space is available and if your family meets the income requirements.
  • Visit the program to make sure it is a good fit for your child and your family.
  • Provide the program with a copy of your child’s birth certificate to verify age eligibility.
  • Provide the program with a copy of documentation to verify family income.

Last Modified: 8/31/2022 9:00:32 AM