Governor Mike DeWine has signed into law House Bill 110, Ohio’s two-year state budget. Thanks to the tireless efforts of early childhood champions throughout the budget process, we successfully made the case that now more than ever, Ohio must invest in proven strategies such as quality child care, maternal and infant health, and evidence-based home visiting services.
Write to your state legislators and Governor DeWine and thank them for investing in Ohio’s youngest children in the state budget!
Here are a few key provisions in the state budget we are celebrating:
- Extends postpartum coverage for Medicaid-eligible women from 60 days to 12 months after pregnancy
- Increases investment in evidence-based home visiting through Ohio’s Help Me Grow program, including a small extension to preschoolers who are in the child welfare system as a result of their parent’s substance abuse
- Expands Ohio’s publicly funded child care eligibility from 130% to 142% of the Federal Poverty Level enabling more families with children to return and remain in the workforce
- Expands Ohio’s publicly funded child care eligibility from 130% to 150% of the Federal Poverty Level for families with children with special needs, enabling them to get the interventions they need while their parents work
- Recognizes that Ohio’s quality child care system is complex and worthy of deliberation within the General Assembly and among stakeholders to ensure any changes to this vital system prepares children for school and lifelong success, enables families to stay connected to the workforce, fairly compensates the professionals within the system, and respects taxpayer investment