Maybe You Can Afford Summer Camp: Ohio ACE program distributing up to $1,000 to eligible families

The State of Ohio just made it easier for parents to afford after-school programs and summer camps. Recent updates to the Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) program mean that 80% of Ohio households might qualify for the $1000 credit. The program was designed to provide educational activities to students who “experienced learning disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

According to the Columbus Dispatch, most parents in Ohio can now get up to $1,000 from Ohio to send their kids to an afterschool programs like tutoring, day camps, music lessons, and field trips. Programs that parents can get credit for include summer camps, language and music lessons, after-school programs, and tutoring.

Ohio parents can find information about how ACE works on the program’s website. The program involves an 8-step process that moves parents through the application, registration, service selection, and reimbursement. They can also browse education service providers who have been approved to receive funds from Ohio ACE educational savings accounts on the ACE Marketplace page.

According to Colleen Grady, senior program officer at the Ohio Department of Education, the technology platform used has made the program seamless and successful. The program is administered by the ODE and Merit, a government modernization company that manages the platform.

These changes place additional resources in the hands of more Ohio families,” Grady said.


-Nicole Herrera Reporting

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