ACE Ohio Program

IDA is now a Qualified Education Service Provider with the Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Program!

What does that mean?

The Ohio ACE program provides funds for students and families to use on various enrichment and educational activities. Qualifying families receive $1000 per student for the 2023-2024 school year! The organization must be a Qualified Education Service Provider, such as IDA.

We hope this can provide more opportunities for more students!

Please note that the ACE funds can only be used for class tuition and not for costumes or dance wear.

How do I know if I qualify?

The ACE 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:


Children residing in districts identified as having a high rate of chronic absenteeism or have one or more schools identified as EdChoice eligible qualify for an ACE Account. Note that this list may change from year to year, but that those children living in a Marion City Schools district automatically qualify!


Children who reside in a household with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) at or below 400% of the federal poverty level based on the household’s most recent federal income tax return qualify for an ACE Account.

Income-based Government Assistance Programs

Children who are part of a family that participates in programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Ohio Works First (OWF) or other income-based government assistance programs with eligibility at or below 400% of the federal poverty level, qualify for an ACE Account.

How will it work?