Afterschool Child enhancement assists in education.

The Afterschool Child Enrichment Educational Savings Account program provides qualifying families with a $500 credit that can be used to pay for a variety of enrichment activities that will accelerate learning for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ACE Educational Savings Account program provides students ages 6-18 whose family income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level with a $500 credit to use for a variety of enrichment activities. Qualifying children include those who attend any Ohio public or nonpublic school or are home-educated by their parents and have been excused from the compulsory attendance law for the purpose of home instruction. Examples of eligible activities include tutoring, day camps, music lessons and field trips, historical landmarks, museums, science centers and theaters – including admission, exhibit and program fees.

Families can find details about how to verify their income and start an ACE account on the Ohio Department of Education website. After the Department verifies applicant eligibility, the department’s contracted vendor, Merit International, Inc., will set up the savings account.

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