Ohio to prevent dual payments to publicly funded preschools

State officials estimate stopping dual payments will save Ohio $12 million annually

Preschool Education Generic

CLEVELAND (AP) – Ohio plans to prevent publicly funded preschools from receiving overlapping payments from multiple sources for services.

Cleveland.com reports a memo from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services director to advisers to Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) says some preschools have incorrectly received “dual payments” from the state and from the federal Head Start program.

Katie Kelly directs the Pre4Cle organization advocating for extended preschool services in Cuyahoga County. But Kelly says some preschools may have to turn kids away without funding from both sources.

State officials estimate stopping dual payments will save $12 million.

Job and Family Services spokesman Jon Keeling said Wednesday that disallowing dual payments just clarifies a longstanding policy and that savings will be spent on publicly funded child care services.

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