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Material Assistance

Preparing for and raising a child is costly. For those without means and support, acquiring the supplies needed to protect and care for a baby can be challenging. That is why the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, within the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, provide at-risk, expectant and new mothers with material assistance, such as cribs, play yards, and car seats. These supports help keep children safe and can reduce infant mortality. Since the inception of the program, the Ohio Department of Health has distributed more than 17,000 cribs to families in need.  

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Department of Health leveraged existing funding to meet the needs of the families they served through home visiting. By safely delivering cleaning supplies; personal protective equipment; diapers and wipes; formula; baby gates, smoke detectors, and other safety supplies; and cell phone cards to ensure participants could call their home visitor with any needs. These supports resulted in some of the highest retention rates Help Me Grow, Ohio’s evidence-based parent support program, has seen since its inception.