Information and resources concerning special education:
If you have any questions, contact Preschool Special Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-369-3765.
Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays.
Long term services and supports are programs or services that help children and adults with disabilities accomplish everyday tasks. Long-term services and supports allow individuals to live healthy, secure, and independent lives in the most appropriate place, either in the home and community or a facility setting.
Visit Benefits.Ohio.gov to check eligibility and apply.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a child whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. Often, a person with an FASD has a mix of these problems.
FASDs last a lifetime. There is no cure for FASDs, but research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child's development.
How to get help
Learn about the resources available from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and Ohio's county boards, and how to find these resources in your community.
If you have questions, or to apply, contact your County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Healthy Start, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), provides health coverage to eligible children. It includes Healthchek, Ohio's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program.
The purpose of Healthchek is to discover and treat health problems early, so that children can have the best health and development possible.
Visit Benefits.Ohio.gov to check eligibility and apply.
The Children with Medical Handicaps Program (BCMH):
Connects families of children with special health care needs to a network of quality providers.
Helps families obtain payment for the services their children need.
Vaccination is very safe and effective. Immunizations can save your child's life and protect those you care about.
These guides provide:
Helpful parenting tips
How to have fun at mealtime
Active playtime ideas
Snack It Up
Download the app:
Parenting at Meal and Playtime
The Ohio Hearing Aid Assistance Program helps families with children from birth to 21 with hearing impairments with:
Hearing aid batteries
Families with incomes at or below 400 percent of the federal poverty guidelines qualify for the program.
Ohio's child passenger safety law requires the following:
Children less than 4 years old or 40 pounds must use a child safety seat meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.
Children less than 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall must use a booster seat.
Children ages 8-15 must use a child safety seat or safety belt.
For more information, including when to move from a rear-facing car seat to front-facing, see the Ohio Child Passenger Safety brochure.
Properly install your car seat
View video tutorials on how to install your car seat or find a child car seat inspection station near you. Certified technicians will inspect your car seat, for free in most cases, and show you how to correctly install and use it. Register your car seat so you can be notified of any safety recalls.
Ohio Buckles Buckeyes
The Ohio Buckles Buckeyes program provides free child safety seats to eligible low income families in all Ohio counties.
If you have any questions, call 1-800-755-4769 (GROW) to be referred to a Child Passenger Safety Program near you.
Vision Screening Certification
Save Our Sight funds vision screen training to child care providers, nurses, teachers and health care professionals, as well as community volunteers to ensure that preschool children in Ohio have healthy vision for life. Parents will be informed of their child's vision screening results from the child's daycare, preschool or school.
Ohio Amblyope Registry
The Ohio Amblyope Registry provides information and case management services to children diagnosed with amblyopia (lazy eye) and their families. Case management includes items like free patches, children's books, patching posters, and monthly newsletters. All families are eligible and there is no income requirement.
Vision Health and Safety
The Ohio Optometric Association's Realeyes program is provided at schools, libraries and community groups. Local optometrists teach children about eye health and anatomy and the importance of vision care and eye safety.
All children are born with the need and desire to connect with those around them.
Early childhood mental health is the overall well-being of children from birth through age eight.
Children and families who are emotionally healthy can:
Experience, control, and express emotion.
Form close, secure relationships.
Learn by exploring the world around them.
Early childhood mental health is made stronger by:
Caring adult relationships.
Meeting basic food, housing, and safety needs.
High quality early learning environment.
A supportive community.
If you have any questions or concerns about a child, call 1-844-678-ABCs (2227).
If you have any questions or concerns about a child, call 1-844-678-ABCs (2227).
Every child deserves a high-quality early education, but some children face significant challenges.
If those challenges put them at risk for expulsion from preschool, please call the Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Program at 1-844-678-ABCs (2227).
The program is a collaboration between Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
The line is staffed from Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voicemail will be returned promptly on the next business day.
Toxic stress can occur when a child experiences strong, frequent, and/or continuing adversity.
Physical or emotional abuse
Caretaker substance abuse or mental illness
Violence at home or in the community
If you have any questions or concerns about a child, call 1-800-755-4769 (GROW).
Triple P is one of the best known and effective positive parenting systems in use worldwide.
Improves the health and well-being of children and parents.
Reduces childhood behavioral issues.
Supports families in need.
Works across diverse families and communities worldwide.
Parent and caretaker seminars are being offered around the state.
For more information, email Children's Services at the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Purposeful parenting begins by thinking about the final result. What do parents want for their children?
Children go through stages of physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. After any type of major trauma, the stress of the event may interrupt, delay or possibly reverse that development.
Children need consistent care and a daily routine as soon as possible. They can be easily upset by change: food prepared differently, their special blanket missing, or being put into bed at night without the usual person or in a different way. Media coverage or adult conversations about the event can also be upsetting.
These emotional first aid tips may help parents and caregivers understand how to comfort a young child after a trauma.
Naming strong feelings, making them real and teaching healthy ways to cope with them is the beginning of emotional health.
Learn about using time outs to help children calm down.
Four supportive steps to help young children learn about their feelings, gain self-control and reduce challenging behavior.
Research shows that young children can have lifelong benefits from positive relationships, nurturing and emotional support from parents and caregivers.
Start Talking! "Tell Me" is designed to support adults in helping young children reach their full potential in school, learning and life.
Tell Me Every Day . . .
I am safe
I am important
I make you proud
I make you happy
I am going to college
You love my smile and my laugh
You love my eyes and my hair
You love when I read to you
My feelings are important
You love that I work hard in school
You like/love my drawing or my art
You like/love how I am kind to others
You like/love that I am thoughtful to others
You like/love that I care about how other people feel
You like/love when I dance and play
You like/love when I eat my veggies and fruits
Ask me how I feel
Ask me what do I think
Use the child care search tool to find the early care and education program that meets your needs.
You can search by location, type of program, days/hours of operation, services provided, and Step Up To Quality rating.
What is Step Up To Quality?
Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) is Ohio's five-star early care and child care rating and improvement system. It recognizes programs that exceed minimum health and safety standards and promote children's learning and development.
SUTQ helps parents/caretakers choose higher quality, one through five-star rated programs that can better prepare children for the next step in their schooling.
Why should you choose a star rated program?
Highly trained teachers
Development of school readiness skills
Commitment to continuous improvement
Publicly funded child care is available to help eligible parents/caretakers with child care costs while they engage in work, education, or job training.
The program provides access to the early care and education experiences children need to succeed in school.
It is available for children from birth through age 13 for:
Before- and after- school care
If you have any questions, contact your County Department of Job and Family Services .
In December 2018, Ohio was awarded the Preschool Development Birth through Five Grant (PDG-B-5). As part of this grant Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) in partnership with Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), Ohio Department of Education (ODE), and Ohio Department of Health (ODH), have designed and developed the Early Childhood Services Eligibility Self-Assessment tool. This tool was designed to assist families with determining potential eligibility for all of Ohio's early childhood services and to help them make an informed decision. The tool also includes links to summary information and guidance on how to find, apply for, and contact each program.
The programs include:
Early Childhood Education Grant
Early Head Start
Help Me Grow Early Intervention
Help Me Grow Home Visiting
Preschool Special Education
Publicly Funded Child Care
Check to see if you may be eligible by completing the
Choosing the right education for their child is one of a parent's most important jobs. Ohio's education system recognizes that every child learns differently. There is no single education environment that works best for all children. Ohio offers a variety of choices in education.
All Ohio students have the option to enroll in their local public school. Students are usually assigned to a neighborhood school based on their home address.
Many districts allow parents to choose a public school in their district that is outside of their neighborhood. These school options are often called lottery or magnet schools. They may offer a specialized program and have selective or lottery-based admission.
Community (Charter) Schools are independently operated public schools. Like all public schools, they are free and open to all students.
Nonpublic (private) schools are run by private or non-profit organizations. Parents typically pay tuition to attend these schools. Private schools may set admission requirements for students.
State funded scholarships can help many families afford tuition at these schools. Scholarships are available for students that attend low-performing schools, students with special needs and students whose family income is below 200% of the federal poverty level.
Families can decide to provide education themselves to their children. This option requires the approval of the local school district superintendent each school year along with an annual assessment of the student's performance.
Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can read or write.
Five of the best ways to prepare your child to read are talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.
It's never too early or too late to get started.
This easy-to-navigate site contains more than 50 websites and apps to help little learners ages prepare for school and their futures.
The INFOhio Early Learning Portal helps preschool children:
Learn letters, numbers and basic knowledge;
Interact with other children and adults;
Engage in meaningful play; and
Develop focus and problem-solving skills.
Each resource was chosen and evaluated by educators and librarians with expertise in early learning and literacy.
These standards describe key concepts and skills that young children develop during the birth-to-five-year period.
Their purpose is to support the development and well-being of young children and to foster their learning.
Step Up To Quality, Ohio's early care and child care rating and improvement system, uses these standards.
Early Childhood Education grants are given to high-quality preschools to help prepare four-year old children for kindergarten.
Children must be four years old at the beginning of the school year to qualify for the grant. Your family must also meet income requirements.
Head Start provides free learning and development services to children from 3-5 from low income families.
Eligibility is generally based on family income at or below the poverty level. Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (SSI or TANF ) are eligible regardless of income.
Children eligible for special education and related services, or early intervention services, as determined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, are prioritized for enrollment.
Your local Head Start program can help you with understanding local requirements for enrolling a child. They will answer questions, provide you with required forms, and tell you what documents you should bring with you to apply.
Due to limited government funding, there are not enough spaces for all eligible children. If there is not a space for you and the child, ask the program to put your family on the waiting list.
You may locate programs in your area by using the Head Start Locator or by calling 1-866-763-6481.
With your support, the transition between home to school can be a positive experience for a child.
Ohio's Early Learning Assessment is an ongoing process where the teacher observes how a child is developing over time.
It provides information that allows families and teachers to work as partners so that children are successful in school.
Allows schools to be reimbursed for Medicaid covered services they provide to eligible children ages 3-21. Children must receive services through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) .
For more information, speak to the child's teacher or principal.