Ohio to Prevent Dual Payments to Publicly Funded Preschools

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CLEVELAND (AP) – Ohio plans to prevent publicly funded preschools from receiving overlapping payments from multiple sources for services. reports a memo from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services director to advisers to Gov. John Kasich says some preschools have incorrectly received “dual payments” from the state and from the federal Head Start program.

Katie Kelly directs the Pre4Cle organization advocating for extended preschool services in Cuyahoga County. She says state officials estimate stopping dual payments will save Ohio $12 million annually. But Kelly says some preschools may have to turn kids away without funding from both sources.

Job and Family Services spokesman Jon Keeling said Wednesday that disallowing dual payments just clarifies a longstanding policy and any savings will go toward publicly funded child care services.