2019 Testimonies During Budget Process
"You can have the best training, but if you don’t have child care you can’t go to work. You can have available jobs, but if you don’t have a healthy foundation you won’t be qualified to work down the road..."
"If we really want babies to get a healthy start and promote early brain development, we need our youngest children to be in the hands of individuals who have the training and knowledge to care for little people. "
Eaton Day Care Owner
"I am writing to ask that consideration be given to maintaining the current rates for rural counties so we can continue to offer the same quality of care to all families who need us."
Imagination Station Learning Center
"Private pay families will also have an immediate tuition increase. Our
quality of early childhood care and education will immediately decrease and will neutralize all the time and effort we have accomplished to improve our programs."
"What happens before a child ever enters kindergarten is the single most effective strategy to ensure success in third grade—a pivotal point in the educational journey and key predictor of future success..."
Summit Education Initiative
Brigadier General (Ret.) Charles O. Dillard
"Across the country, 71 percent of young people between the ages of 17 and 24 do not qualify for military service… This is indicative of a larger issue..."
Safe Haven Family Childcare
"Child care providers across the state are being asked to become a star rated provider. In order to provide this level
of care, we will need to provide more tools for our children."
4C for Children
"When we think about the economic growth of our state, the reality is that child care is one of the most fundamental components of our business infrastructure."
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
"Make no mistake, private philanthropy cannot solve our quality childcare crisis alone. Private philanthropy can serve as a partner to state government, testing models and showing what works."
"We all appreciate the gravity of this task. What we would urge you to consider is the cost of waiting two more years to make these important state investments in our young children."
The Kid Connection
"Many of our children that walk through my doors receive the best meals, attention, learning
and love that they will get that day. Help us help these children!"
United Way of Greater Dayton
"Many times the qualified employees will move to one of our urban neighbors getting significantly more money—lowering the reimbursement rate will only exacerbate this problem."
Heavenly Kids Center for Learning
"When parents are not eligible for publicly funded child care, but cannot afford high private pay rates, they seek lower paying jobs, request less hours in their job, or drop out of the workforce to stay home..."
Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development
"The research is clear that only quality programs can produce the results needed to assure that the young children of today can be the productive citizens of tomorrow."
Cincinnati Early Learning Centers
"Although these families make too much to qualify for PFCC, they are nowhere near able to afford licensed child care at the market rate, let alone quality care."
St. Clair Academy Child Care Center
"Requiring us to participate in the SUTQ program with deadlines to meet. causes added hours for my staff, increase
in payroll, and added expense for supplies and yet you are going to take the funding away that we will use to meet these requirements."
Knox County Head Start
"We have insufficient child care slots available in our county for parents who are doing the RIGHT thing—by either completing their education or working full time to support their families."
Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children
"The total cost of providing access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education for all children exceeds current funding amounts."