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The YMCA of Greater Cleveland is an approved ACE provider which means qualifying families in our area can be reimbursed up to $500 for before-and-after-school care (Y-Club) and other programs as noted below. 

Program Overview 

The ACE 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. These funds can be used for: 

  • Before- or after-school educational programs;
  • Day camps, including camps for academics, music and arts;
  • Fees for learning extension centers;
  • The purchase of curriculum and material for home-school families;
  • Educational, learning or study skills services;
  • Field trips to historical landmarks, museums, science centers and theaters – including admission, exhibit and program fees;
  • Language classes;
  • Musical instrument lessons;
  • Tutoring. 

Which Students Qualify? 

The ACE Educational Savings Account program is available to any student between the ages of 6 and 18 years old whose family income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. 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. An eligible student can be enrolled in a public or nonpublic school or has been excused from compulsory attendance law for the purpose of home instruction. 

How Parents and Guardians can Apply 

The Ohio Department of Education is accepting requests from families to determine eligibility. Merit International, Inc. will provide eligible families with their savings accounts and a marketplace to purchase allowable services and materials. Click the button below for more information.  

Click here for more information for parents and guardians.  

For more information about the Ohio ACE Educational Savings Account program, please visit the Ohio ACE main website, Frequently Asked Questions or email questions to Your branch can also assist you.