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CCMTL 60 (Head Start / Head Start Plus eff. 9/20/04 - ARCHIVE)
Child Care Manual Transmittal Letter No. 60
September 17, 2004
TO: All Child Care Manual Users
FROM: Thomas J. Hayes, Director
SUBJECT: Amendments to Title IV-A Head Start Plus and Title IV-A Head Start Part-Time Program Rules

This letter transmits emergency amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules

5101:2-16-35.1 and 5101:2-16-35.2 which govern eligibility for the Title IV-A Head Start Plus and Title IV-A Head Start programs. These rule changes will be effective on September 20, 2004.

Title IV-A Head Start Plus is a joint effort of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to provide children of low income working families with access to high quality early learning opportunities and child care services. Since the program's implementation on July 1, 2004, the number of children enrolled in Head Start Plus programs is far below the projected number in need. As a result of concerns raised by families, providers and county departments of Job and Family Services, ODJFS and ODE identified rule changes that are intended to remove barriers to program access and increase the number of families eligible for Title IV-A Head Start services.

  • OAC rule 5101: 2-16-35.1 Title IV-A head start plus program eligibility is amended to remove the minimum work hours requirement for working families.
  • OAC rule 5101:2-16.35.2 Title IV-A head start program eligibility is amended to eliminate the exclusion from other subsidized child care for children in receipt of Title IV-A Head Start program services.

Applications for Title IV-A Head Start Plus and Title IV-A Head Start part time programs approved on or after the effective date of these amendments shall be approved using the provisions of the new rule. No desk review is required, however, counties should inform all families of the new program criteria at the time of redeterminations and reviews. Counties are also encouraged to let potentially eligible families know about this program change.

Please note that allowances for travel time for caretakers engaged in paid employment or paid employment and training must be made in accordance to OAC rule 5101:2-16-30(F)(1).

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact the Bureau of Child Care and Development, Policy and Evaluation Section at 614-466-7762.


The following chart depicts what materials should be removed from and what materials should be inserted into the Child Care Manual (CCM).

Publicly Funded Child Care Benefits5101:2-16-35.1