Michele Jowers, director of the Afton Wesleyan Preschool and Day Care, and Kim Ginn, a Clermont resident and director of quality initiatives for 4C for Children, hosted this visit.
Michele and Kim answered Representative Green’s questions about community-based child care programs, such as The Afton Wesleyan Preschool and Day Care. He was surprised to learn that child care centers such as Afton, even with its two-star rating through Ohio’s Step Up To Quality voluntary rating system, would not be eligible for the preschool funding that is part of Governor Kasich’s budget; only public preschools would be eligible. A SUTQ rating means that a child care program goes over and above the state licensing standards.
Fifty-two percent of the children being cared for at Afton Wesleyan Preschool and Day Care have public subsidies to help pay for their care.