Groundwork Ohio focuses on the time when children’s experiences and environments most influence their health, development, and life trajectory: from birth to age 5. We work to ensure that every baby, toddler, and young child in Ohio has the resources and opportunities for a strong start. It is never too early to invest in a child, but it can be too late.
Why Ohio’s Youngest Children?
Research and science prove that early childhood provides a unique window of opportunity to ensure a strong start to life—making the first years the best time to invest. When children’s experiences and environments are safe, stable, and nurturing from their earliest days, they have a strong foundation that sets the groundwork for
the course of their lifetimes.
Groundwork Ohio is nonpartisan and solely focuses on representing the needs of young children. Every child deserves the chance to learn, grow, and reach their full potential, but not all children have access to the same quality environments and interventions. We push for tailored investments in the areas where they are needed most.
Collaborating for Community Impact
We collaborate with a wide network of parents, partners, and supporters to understand what policies and programs are most needed and effective. Then we ensure that policymakers understand the potential benefits of their actions. The positive impact of investments in young children also benefits everyone in the community—ultimately building a stronger Ohio.
We advance public policy for young children because it is the most effective way to achieve positive outcomes, making it the greatest return on investment of public money.
We work directly with legislators to benefit young children. The policies we support are informed by research, data, and evidence, and are influenced by a diversity of voices and perspectives of those who will be directly affected.
After two years of extensive research, fact-gathering, and input from children and family experts throughout the state, including families themselves, we are proud to release the completed Early Childhood Dashboard. This first-of-its kind accounting incorporates more than 60 metrics across six domains spotlighting the immense challenges and broad inequities faced by the families in our state.
To champion high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies from the prenatal period to age five, that lay a strong foundation for Ohio kids, families and communities.
To make Ohio the best place to be a young child so that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.