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Early Childhood Education Grant for Administrators (Ohio)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Ohio Department of Education


    The Early Childhood Education Grant is an important investment in Ohio's youngest learners. The grant provides early learning programs with an opportunity to provide high quality, comprehensive learning environments and address outcomes and goals essential for healthy development and academic, social and emotional success.

    Programs awarded the Early Childhood Education Grant must demonstrate they meet high-quality standards by achieving a 3-, 4-, or 5- star rating in Step Up To Quality (, Ohio's tiered quality rating and improvement system.

    In FY21, Early Childhood Education funded programs may serve children eligible for publicly funded child care (PFCC) to extend the day beyond the required 12.5 weekly requirement. Please note that no other public funding source is permitted to be used to fund the same hours for which the child is receiving Early Childhood Education funds. This includes PFCC and Head Start.


    History of Funding

    Funding for the Early Childhood Education grant provides programming for 17,657 children in FY21 at $4,000 per child/slot. FY20 awarded programs can be seen at

    Additional Information

    Unallowable Expenditures

    • Expenditures that exceed the total approved application budget or are outside of the grant's period of availability (must benefit grant recipients during the current fiscal year);
    • Enrollment incentives;
    • Purchasing new buildings or real property;
    • Building renovations for spaces where direct care of children is not provided (e.g., administrative offices, kitchen, staff break rooms or staff restrooms);
    • Funds that supplant the purchase of supplies or food provided by a school district or program for children participating in the free and reduced price food program (breakfast and/or lunch);
    • Funds that supplant preschool special education program monies;
    • Portion of an expense benefitting children not funded by the grant;
    • College coursework.


    Early Childhood Staff

    Early Childhood Staff
    25 South Front Street
    Columbus, OH 43215-4183

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Ohio LEA's.

    Deadline Details

    Providers are to submit their applications for approval by October 15, 2021. A similar deadline date is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Funding for the Early Childhood Education Grant in fiscal year 2022 (FY22) is $68 million in state general revenue funds and $5 million in casino settlement funds.

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