Gov. Mike DeWine has announced that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will receive $48 million in federal grant dollars over the next three years to support and increase access to quality early childhood care and education.

The Preschool Development Grant – Birth to Five comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

“The largest group of Ohioans living in poverty are children aged 5 and under,” DeWine said. “This grant allows Ohio to better serve these children by creating stronger cross program coordination and higher quality programming in publicly funded childcare, public preschools, early intervention and home visiting that form a strong foundation for successful learning.”

ODJFS is partnering with the departments of education, health, mental health and addiction services, Medicaid, and developmental disabilities to administer the grant programs.

The grant application details are available at