ASHLAND -- Ashland County Department of Job and Family Services is preparing to assist more students than ever before through its annual Ready, Set, Learn Program.
On Thursday morning, the Ashland County Commissioners approved an amendment to the current Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) Plan, which will allow those receiving unemployment benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic to qualify for a Ready, Set, Learn voucher without having to fulfill the typical job search requirements.
The vouchers provide qualifying Kindergarten through 12th grade students with up to $250 in school supplies and clothing for the upcoming school year.
This program is limited to Ashland County residents, and household income must be at or below the 200 percent federal poverty level.
Applications will be accepted from June 15 to June 26, but the acceptance period could end sooner if available funding is exhausted.
Each approved application will be assigned a shopping day in August at Ashland WalMart.
According to the Ashland County Department of Job and Family Services director Peter Stefaniuk, the Ready, Set, Learn Program benefited 490 children last summer.
“My guess is we’d serve even more children this year,” he said.
Additionally at Thursday morning’s meeting, the Ashland County Commissioners authorized re-opening the lobby at the Department of Job & Family Services building to the public, effective June 22.