CCMTL 165 (Changes to Rule 5101:2-16-02 for Publicly Funded Child Care)
Child Care Manual Transmittal Letter No. 165
October 26, 2023
TO: All Child Care Manual Holders
FROM: Matt Damschroder, Director
SUBJECT: Changes to Rule 5101:2-16-02 for Publicly Funded Child Care


Amended Substitute House Bill 33 of the 135th General Assembly has set new initial income eligibility standards for families applying for publicly funded child care. Rule 5101:2-16-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code has been amended to reflect changes to the initial income eligibility standards and to clarify the eligibility guidelines for minor parent caretakers.

Rule 5101:2-16-02 "Application and qualification process for receipt of publicly funded child care benefits" has been amended with the following revisions: 

  • Clarified the definition of a minor parent caretaker family.
  • Updated initial eligibility to one hundred forty-five percent of the FPL.


This rule will go into effect on November 2, 2023. The Ohio Benefits integrated eligibility system was updated on October 1, 2023, to implement the new initial income eligibility standards.

Please contact the Child Care Policy Help Desk at 1-877-302-2347, option 4, or at if you have any questions.