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Child Care and Development

Access to quality child care can empower parents to take on meaningful work opportunities, while also helping children learn, grow, and achieve developmental milestones, placing them on a pathway for kindergarten readiness. Governor DeWine has worked to improve the quality of childcare across the state and expand access.  

  • Upon coming into office, less than 40% of Ohio’s publicly funded child care providers were quality rated by the State. In just 20 months, all child care providers receiving public funds were quality rated to help parents when making care decisions.  

  • Governor DeWine worked to expand access to quality child care for more working class families. Today, families with incomes up to 142% of the Federal Poverty Level can receive child care benefits – that’s up to $32,700 per year for a family of three, or nearly $16 per hour for an adult working full-time, full-year.  

  • Governor DeWine, in partnership with the General Assembly, also expanded access for families of children with developmental delays up to 150% of the Federal Poverty Level – that’s up to $34,545 per year, or nearly $17 per hour for an adult working full-time, full-year.  

 

Under Governor DeWine’s leadership, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) have also expanded access to mental health supports in child care facilities for children, their families, and staff.  

  • OhioMHAS has increased – by nearly 200 professionals – the number of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants deployed across the state to provide direct supports to child care providers in addressing challenging student behaviors, reducing the risk of suspension or expulsion.  

  • Under Governor DeWine’s leadership, OhioMHAS also created the Infant Mental Health Credential to promote emotional wellness by educating early childhood professionals on identifying, responding to, and treating trauma and other mental health challenges. More than 500 Ohioans are credentialed in infant mental health.  

  • ODJFS is also investing in a brand-new Mental Health Bridge, which will build out mental health telehealth services in child care centers across the state, connecting them with providers to serve children, families, and staff.