- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials say the state is getting almost $10 million over the next five years as part of a federal grant aimed at helping new and expectant low-income fathers.

The state’s Commission on Fatherhood says the money will support the “New Beginnings for New Fathers” program in Franklin, Clark, Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh), Hamilton and Montgomery counties.

Participating dads, ages 16 to 24, will get job training and parenting classes. The program also provides healthy marriage and relationship education.

The fatherhood commission’s executive director, Kim Dent, says the money will help give expectant fathers the tools they need to become and remain responsible parents. He says the program also will inform new dads about safe sleep environments for infants and other health-related issues.

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