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Ohio Department of Education and Workforce Updates

Ohio Department of Children & Youth DCY Tuesday Times Issue 13: July 23, 2024

Tuesday Times
This ongoing correspondence focuses on essential business-related information, providing important updates for our partners. These updates encompass practice and policy adjustments, data dashboard enhancements, funding prospects, program details, training initiatives, and various other pertinent topics.
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Save the Date for the Ohio Fatherhood Summit

The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood and The Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Families are happy to announce the Ohio Fatherhood Summit 2024: Elevating Fathers’ Voices – Let’s Talk About It!
The target audience includes any organization that works with fathers and families in the best interest of their children, as well as fathers.
Scheduled for September 24-25, 2024 in Columbus, Ohio.
Quest Conference Center
9200 Worthington Rd, Suite 400
Westerville, OH 43082
More Information to come.

Updates by Program Area


Children Services
Home Visiting
Ohio Children's Trust Fund
Maternal and Infant Vitality Programming

Early Education

Early Intervention
Publicly Funded Child Care
Early Childhood Education
Preschool Special Education
Dolly Parton Imagination Library


Ohio Commission on Fatherhood
Ohio Family Children First Council
Healthy Beginnings at Home
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
Strong Families, Safe Communities



Funding Opportunity Available for Act Early Ambassador Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announce a funding opportunity for Act Early Ambassadors to work with CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) program. The program improves early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, by promoting the adoption and sustained integration of family-engaged developmental monitoring using LTSAE milestone checklist resources in programs/systems that serve young children and their families/caregivers (e.g. WIC, home visiting, child welfare, early care and education, Federally Qualified Health Centers, etc.). The program also serves as a state, territorial, or tribal representative of CDC’s national LTSAE program and supports the work of Act Early Teams and other state/territorial/tribal or national initiatives.
States and Territories Eligible for Funding
This funding opportunity will support a new, two-year cohort of up to 64 Act Early Ambassadors. Individuals from all states, territories, and tribal communities are eligible to apply. Two Act Early Ambassadors may be selected for states with a population greater than 10-million (according to 2020 US Census Data). These states include California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
RFA Release: July 1, 2024
Q&A Call: July 16, 2024 at 11 am PT/12 pm MT/1 pm CT/2 pm ET  (Registration link located within the RFA)
Application Deadline: August 5, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Notice of Awards: No later than September 16, 2024
Act Early Ambassador Term: October 1, 2024-September 30, 2026
2024 Annual Training: November 13 -14, 2024 in Atlanta, GA
Questions/More Information AAP ContactLaura Murray | [email protected] CDC/NCBDDD ContactKarnesha Slaughter | [email protected] Funding Opportunity Announcement

Updates and Guidance Letters

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Early Education


SUTQ Overview Webinar Scheduled for Rated Programs

The revised Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) rules went into effect on July 7, 2024 to implement the new three-tier rating system with Bronze, Silver, and Gold ratings. To assist early care and education providers on meeting the new standards, DCY has posted the new sample forms providers may choose to use as well as the new standards here.
We will also be hosting a series of upcoming trainings and TEAMS meetings, which will be posted here. We are kicking off a SUTQ overview training on August 2, 2024 for all currently rated center, school-based and family child care programs. The training will provide an overview of the revised model, review the program standards and benchmarks, and share information regarding the onsite verification process.
Friday, August 2, 2024
1:00 pm – 2:30 p.m.
Teams Live Link
The training will be recorded and posted on the SUTQ webpage for those who are unable to join the live training.
Be sure to bookmark the SUTQ webpage to keep up with the latest updates!

ASQ Expansion is Now Live

As of July 1, more Ohio families have the opportunity to utilize the free Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) Online Service available at This developmental screening service offering the ASQ-3 and the ASQ(SE:2), previously offered to families with children up to age 3, has expanded in the following ways:
  • Ohio families with children up to age 5 can use the ASQ.
  • Families can receive a reminder when a new, age-appropriate screening is available for their child.
  • The ASQ is now more inclusive with the addition of Spanish, French, and Arabic languages.
  • Both the ASQ Developmental and Social-Emotional Screening Questionnaires are available. Here is the link:
  • Families landing on the ASQ page will also receive information about how to access the Community Resource Directory.
  • To keep up-to-date about what is new with the ASQ, Sign up for the Help Me Grow ASQ Expansion Updates here.

Updates and Guidance Letters

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Celebrating “Fish-tastic” Fatherhood: A Day of Fun, Connection and Empowerment

Over the month of June, the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood celebrated and supported several organizations across the state of Ohio, that held father-focused events, highlighting June as Responsible Fatherhood Month. One of those groups, the Highland County Family and Children First Council, hosted “Fathers are Fish-tastic Role Models for Their Families.”
The event featured a variety of activities designed to engage both fathers and children. Guest speakers highlighted the importance of having responsible father figures in a family unit, while children presented dad with “Good Father” certificates. Fathers also received a fishing license and a basket of fishing supplies. Throughout the day, families participated in fishing contests, educational workshops, and interactive games. These activities were not only fun but also fostered communication, cooperation, and mutual respect among all those involved. It truly was a day to remember!
Events like "Fish-tastic" are crucial, for highlighting the significant role that fathers play in the lives of their children. Research consistently shows that active and engaged fathers positively impact a child's emotional, social, and cognitive development. Children with involved fathers are more likely to perform well in school, exhibit healthy self-esteem, and develop strong social skills.
Moreover, the presence of a supportive father figure contributes to a stable family environment, reducing the likelihood of behavioral issues and emotional distress in children. By participating in shared activities, fathers can model positive behaviors, impart life skills, and create lasting memories that children can cherish forever.
“Fathers are Fish-tastic” perfectly encapsulates the essence of OCF’s mission to "Improve outcomes for children and strengthen two-parent families by empowering fathers to be the best parents, partners, and providers possible. This mission emphasizes the need for fathers to be actively involved in their children's lives and highlights the broader impact of strong, engaged fatherhood on family dynamics and child development.
By empowering fathers through community events, educational resources, and support networks, we can continue to foster a culture where fathers feel confident and capable in their roles. This form of empowerment not only benefits individual families, but also strengthens the entire community, ultimately creating a supportive environment where children can thrive.


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Science of Reading Professional Development Requirements for PreKindergarten Teachers Webinar

On Friday, August 2nd from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, the Department’s Section for Literacy Achievement and Reading Success will host a webinar about the Science of Reading Professional Development requirements apply to Prekindergarten teachers. The presentation portion of the webinar will be recorded.

Please use the following link to join the webinar: Join the meeting now

Please send any questions about this webinar to [email protected].

Third Grade Reading Guarantee Guidance Manual Updates Webinar

On Friday, August 9th  from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, the Department’s Section for Literacy Achievement and Reading Success will host a webinar explaining the latest updates to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee’s guidance manual for the 2024-2025 school year. The presentation portion of the webinar will be recorded.

Please use the following link to join the webinar: Join the meeting now

Please send any questions about this webinar to

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