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Federal funding coming to Ohio for kindergarten readiness

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Posted at 9:00 AM, Jan 22, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-22 09:00:54-05

The following article was originally published in the Ohio Capital Journal and published on under a content-sharing agreement.

An infusion of federal funds is coming to Ohio, targeted at improving kindergarten readiness.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is set to receive a total of $48 million over three years as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Preschool Development Grant, according to an announcement from Gov. Mike DeWine’s office.

ODJFS Director Matt Damschroder said plans for the grant are “expansive,” and will include “culturally appropriate trauma training, credentialing and parent supports,” along with “creating long-term and sustainable local, state and federal funding for early childhood education programs.”

Through a partnership with the state departments of education, health, mental health and addiction, Medicaid and developmental disabilities, the grant will also be used to expand child care for special needs, homeless and English language learners.