Overcoming barriers to learning means tackling the barriers that hinder students’ ability to learn. This includes addressing issues such as attendance, mental health, and high-speed internet. Attendance is a key concern: students need to be present to engage in learning, but the pandemic has had a huge impact on attendance. Ohio invests in several programs to support student attendance. The state is also investing in resources to help districts meet the mental health needs of their students, including a center of excellence for prevention education. Ohio is working to ensure that more students and families have access to additional learning opportunities at home, such as online learning through programs and services, such as Connectivity Champions.


Stay in the game network

($5 million)

Work with these partners will include professional development on implementing research-based attendance strategies for districts. It will leverage communities of practice to build regional capacity through Ohio Educational Service Centers and state support teams. Additionally, districts can receive intensive support through a data cohort with Proving Ground, district diagnostics with Attendance Works, and access to a Cleveland Browns digital playbook. Learn more at the Stay in the Game Network website.


Image for Engage OhioEngage Ohio

($7 million)

A statewide program funded by the Ohio Department of Education and offered to districts and schools across Ohio to help increase family engagement by providing intensive outreach, engagement and enhanced support for eligible K-12 students. For more information, visit the ENGAGE Ohio website.


Image for Partnership for Early Childhood Mental HealthPartnership for Early Childhood Mental Health

($4.5 million)

The partnership brings together early childhood mental health consultants in each of the 16 state support team regions so that each state support team is paired with a consultant who will train school staff, conduct consultations and will accept referrals for Grade 3 Junior Kindergarten students in schools served in the area.


Image from the Center of Excellence for Prevention EducationCenter excellence in prevention education

($5 million)

In partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Ohio Department of Education will work to build school district, educational service center, and community capacity in mental health in suicide prevention, student support programs, prevention education and trauma-informed practices through the creation of a Center of Excellence for prevention. The center will be a resource for schools and districts and will provide technical assistance, coaching, and the identification of best practices to increase and improve prevention supports for K-12 students.


Image for Grant Us HopeGrant Us Hope Suicide Prevention

($4 million)

The Ohio Department of Education, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, offers Grant Us Hope suicide prevention programs to schools and districts across Ohio. The goal is to raise awareness of the warning signs of suicidality and help connect those in need with the appropriate supports. The program aims to engage students by using evidence-based, peer-to-peer programs to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide; empower students to become advocates for their own mental health and that of others; and educating Ohioans of all ages to identify the warning signs and help connect someone in crisis to the help they need. More information can be found on the Grant Us Hope website.


Image for school health careSchool health care

($9 million)

These funds will help school districts and health care providers establish and expand school health care facilities and services. Districts that partner with local healthcare providers can receive $500,000 in grants through the Ohio Department of Health for capital costs associated with establishing and expanding school health care facilities and services for Ohio students. Learn more about school health care.


Image for Family and Community Partner Liaisons and Family Engagement LiaisonsLiaisons with family and community partners and
Family Engagement Liaisons

($11 million)

This funding will support and expand the existing work done by the Ohio Educational Service Centers and The Ohio State University Statewide Family Engagement Center to provide students with comprehensive services and supports for the whole child through to partnerships with Ohio’s Family and Children’s First Councils. Liaisons will work with families, students, and schools to encourage student engagement or re-engagement, as well as to promote consistent school attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism. Visit the Statewide Family Engagement Center of Ohio for more information.


Image for Connectivity ChampionsConnectivity champions

($3 million)

Connectivity Champions will ensure that schools, students and educators have access to reliable and adequate internet and the technologies necessary for distance, hybrid and in-person education. Connectivity Champions will coordinate and help resolve connectivity issues, connect schools and families to resources at local, regional, state and federal levels, and ensure the integration of technology into education. Learn more about Connectivity Champions.

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