Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including the allocation of $161.5 million to enhance early childhood education. The funds will help support child care providers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, recruit employees, and increase access for education. Additionally, $100 million from the federal government were allocated for schools and local districts seeking to maintain vital educational services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Controlling Board also allocated $3.7 million to support vaccine distribution and $200,000 for COVID-19 testing.
“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of these funds for working families,” said Rep. Ingram. “We must continue to make these investments in our state’s families and future. It is my hope that we consider inclusivity and community needs at every step as we continue to advocate for resources, especially for those who are most vulnerable.”
The Controlling Board approved other measures Monday to support Ohioans amid the coronavirus pandemic, including:
- $20.5 million over the next two years to support adoption in Ohio;
- $6 million over the next two years to improve childcare curriculums and train providers;
- $3 million for the Ohio Broadband and 5G Sector Partnership;
- $1 million to reimburse the Adjutant General’s Department for costs incurred by providing emergency assistance to Louisiana after Hurricane Ida;
- $250,000 to help adjudicate claims in the Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations;
- $115,000 to improve the website and app for statewide traveler information, so that Ohioans can be informed beforehand about road closures, delays, and severe weather;
- $39,595 to help provide relevant information for the Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations when seeking to adjudicate claims.