Thanks to all of our friends, colleagues, Advisory Committee members, and legislative staff who came out to our happy hour last night! The evening was filled with great food, bowling, and, most importantly, conversations about how Ohio can improve the access and quality of early learning experiences in our state. We look forward to continuing to build these relationships throughout the upcoming budget process and beyond to ensure that all kids have the support they need to reach their full potential!
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ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall Committed to Quality Child Care in Upcoming Budget
Groundwork Ohio applauds the state's new Director of Job and Family Services, Kimberly Hall, who last week shared her commitment to advancing quality and expanded eligibility for Ohio's publicly funded child care. Director Hall shared that the department will request an increase in eligibility from 130% to 150% of the federal poverty level, and will support Governor DeWine's commitment to dedicate funds to increasing quality in Ohio's child care programs. "That makes many more people able to participate and have that benefit," Director Hall said. "It comes with a price tag, though, because you're adding more people into it. But it enables folks to ensure that quality care for their children."