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File #: 2404-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/19/2020 In control: Education Committee
On agenda: 11/9/2020 Final action: 11/12/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Education to modify a contract with the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services to increase the number of child care providers to whom they could provide CARES Act funding by making the grant available to all Franklin County providers that serve disadvantaged children and providers who provide a majority of their services to children with individualized education plans or family service plans; and to declare an emergency.
Explanation
Mayor Ginther’s vision for Columbus, America’s Opportunity City, is that all children are ready for kindergarten. Addressing early childhood learning means bringing awareness and resources to a critical learning stage in childhood development. Children who come to school ready to learn are more likely to succeed academically and in life.

Child care and early learning programs also fulfill a critical need for our community’s workforce. The availability of safe, nurturing environments for children, provides parents, family members, and caregivers the opportunity to attend their jobs or pursue their education.

However, in Ohio and nationwide, the child care industry is neither adequately nor equitably funded. Most providers, both center-based and home-based, are small, minority-owned business and many teachers earn poverty-level wages. Most providers who serve low-income children survive on state child care subsidies and struggle to meet the expenses incurred in operating a center.

These difficulties have been further exasperated by new child-to-teacher ratios and maximum class sizes required to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To support child care programs in Ohio, the state is providing subsidies to eligible providers from their CARES Act funding. Even with this additional funding however, child care providers are having difficulty in sustaining their businesses.

Because of this, on July 27, 2020 Columbus City Council approved ordinance 1762-2020 that allowed the Department of Education to partner with Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services to provide CARES funds to eligible childcare providers in Franklin County to assist them to sustain their operations.

For various reasons, some undetermined, many of the eligible providers did not complete the grant application. Therefore, the Department of Education requests permission to modify the existing contract to make the grant available to all Franklin County prov...

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