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The Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment program (ACE) provides funds for students and families to use on various enrichment and educational activities such as day camps, before-and-after-school programs and field trips. This program, designed to help students catch up on learning lost during the pandemic will provide them with opportunities to explore their interests and develop new skills. 

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Qualifying YMCA Programs

  • Before-and-after-school enrichment (Y-Club) 

  • Day camps, including sports and fine arts camps 

Eligibility Guidelines

The ACE Educational Savings Account program is available to any Ohio child ages 6 to 18 years old (who hasn’t graduated from high school) who meets at least one of the conditions below. 

  • Reside in a household with an AGI at or below 400% of the federal poverty level based on most recent federal income tax return
  • Part of a family that participates in programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, OWF or other government social programs within eligibility
  • Resides in a district identified as having a high rate of chronic absenteeism - view list of districts.

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How do I Apply for the ACE Program?

Families can apply for the program through the Ohio Department of Education. Once approved, families will receive a $1,000 educational savings account that they can use to pay for qualified enrichment and educational activities. The ACE application window for the 2023-2024 school year will open in July.

Note: Parents and guardians who were previously awarded for the ACE program during the 2022-2023 school year do not need to apply again to receive the $1000 credit for the current school year. All active ACE accounts for the 2022-2023 school year have automatically been credited an additional $500.

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