DYC News Update

The Department of Children and Youth

Ohio has recently undergone some significant changes, with the establishment of the new Ohio Department of Children and Youth (ODCY) on July 4, 2023. This department now includes programs from six other Cabinet agencies: the Departments of Job and Family Services, Health, Developmental Disabilities, Education, Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Development. These changes aim to streamline and improve services for children and youth throughout the state.


More specifically, under the Department of Job and Family Services, this includes:

  • Early Intervention
  • Publicly Funded Child Care
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Preschool Special Education
  • Licensing
  • and the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

The new state agency, the Ohio Department of Children and Youth (ODCY), is dedicated to ensuring all children reach their full potential. It achieves this by offering a comprehensive range of developmentally appropriate services and resources, starting before birth and continuing through adulthood.

Essential Building Blocks for the Department of Children and Youth

  • Central Intake and Referral Infrastructure
  • Licensing Alignment
  • Early Childhood Education and Grant Expansion
  • SUTQ Access
  • Home visiting Expansion

The Ohio Department of Children and Youth (ODCY) is a newly established state agency with a primary goal of supporting the holistic development of all children. This is achieved by providing a wide array of tailored services and resources that cater to their needs from prenatal to adulthood.

Stay updated with the latest news from the Ohio Department of Children and Youth (ODCY). Be on the lookout for the monthly DCY provider call link in your email, where you can access the most current information.

Proposed Step Up To Quality Goals and Changes

Improve child outcomes:
  • Implement curriculum and assessment aligned with the Science of Reading and Early Learning and Development Standards.
  • Utilize screening tools to support children at risk of falling behind.
  • Provide community resources and referrals.
  • Expand free access to the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) for ages birth to five.
Reduce Administrative Burden:
  • Move from a five-star to a three-tier level rating.
  • Eliminating the paperwork requirements:
    1. Wage structure
    2. Professional Development Plans
    3. Written Transitions Plans
    4. Activity Plans
  • Move from 20 hours of professional development over two years to 10 hours each year.
Increase Parental Access:

By increasing payment rates between 10% and 25%, depending on the county and SUTQ rating

  • This is expected to inject an additional $150 million per year into the child care industry, which serves low-income children and their families.
  • This assists providers while sustaining the increased wages from the one-time federal American Rescue Plan Act.

Once finalized, the new rules will take effect on July 7, 2024. The new branding will begin, with the next 12 months serving as a transition year for rated programs. In July 2025, rated programs will begin receiving inspections based on the new standards.

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