Ohio Early Childhood
Race & Rural Equity Press

OHIO EARLY CHILDHOOD RACE AND RURAL EQUITY REPORT

The Sound of Ideas, ideastream | April 4, 2019

Children who fall behind in learning early have a hard time catching up and the gap widens. The Ohio Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity report found that poverty is tied to early educational development and that minority children and those in Ohio's 32-county Appalachian region are more likely to be behind when Kindergarten starts. We'll discuss the report and preview next week's community forum examining solutions. Featuring Groundwork Ohio Policy Director and Legal Counsel Lynanne Gutierrez, PRE4CLE Operations & Outreach Specialist Michelle Connavino, and Starting Point Executive Director Billie Osborne-Fears.

WANT A MODEL FOR OHIO? LOOK AT LEBRON JAMES' 'I PROMISE' SCHOOL

Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch | December 6, 2018

A legislative task force that examined perhaps the most systemic problem in education, the poverty achievement gap, has unveiled a list of recommendations, some of which would require lawmakers to pony up serious money.

Examining ways that schools can provide or expand wraparound health and social services to low-income students, expand quality early childhood education, and ensure access to career-technical education for all students are among the recommendations released Tuesday by the Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty.

GROUNDWORK OHIO REPORT SHOWS TOO MANY OF OHIO'S YOUNGEST CHILDREN ARE GETTING LEFT BEHIND

Lucy May, WCPO Cincinnati | November 1, 2018

CINCINNATI -- Deemiah Duskin was a couple weeks shy of her 17th birthday when she became a mom and couldn't help feeling a bit overwhelmed.

So when Duskin heard about Every Child Succeeds -- a program that could provide a trained professional to visit her home and guide her on how best to raise her baby girl -- she jumped at the opportunity.

COLUMN: NO OHIO CHILD SHOULD BE  DOOMED BY A POOR START

Shannon Jones, The Columbus Dispatch | August 12, 2018

Who doesn’t tell their children, “You can be anything you want to be, do anything you want to do”?

For many of Ohio’s children, that assurance is not true. Children who start behind, stay behind.

 

There are exceptions, of course. But the trend lines are unmistakable. Look at any measure of children’s well-being in the early years — low birth weight, exposure to trauma, access to health care, attendance at a high-quality preschool, third-grade reading proficiency — and you’ll see that many of our kids will never get past the fact that they didn’t get a good — or a fair — start in life.

 6 FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE BLACK ACHIEVEMENT GAP AT DAYTON SCHOOLS

Josh Sweigert, Dayton Daily News | August 7, 2018

Black students in Dayton Public Schools – especially black boys – lag behind other students in kindergarten readiness, reading and math. Only 26 percent of black third-grade boys are found by state tests to be reading proficiently at grade level, for example. 

The academic achievement gap between black and white students is not unique to Dayton. It’s a phenomenon across the country. 

MINORITY, APPALACHIAN KIDS AT GREATER RISK OF REMAINING POOR FOR LIFE, REPORT SAYS

Catherine Candisky & Mary Beth Lane, Dayton Daily News | July 31, 2018

Young children of color or who live in rural Appalachia are more at risk of starting behind — and staying behind, well into adulthood — than their more-affluent peers elsewhere in Ohio, a new report shows.

Groundwork Ohio released the Ohio Early Childhood Race & Rural Equity Report 2018 on Wednesday. Shannon Jones, executive director of the nonpartisan child-advocacy organization, said it was the most-comprehensive early childhood report in the state’s history.

THEY START BEHIND, AND STAY BEHIND

Michael Douglas, Akron Beacon Journal | July 28, 2018

Groundwork Ohio and its allies are counting on the data. On Wednesday, the think tank and advocacy organization delivered what it describes as “the most comprehensive early childhood report in Ohio history.” It is hard to imagine anyone delivering more.

The numbers involve 26 different indicators, from pre-term birth to incidence of trauma, obesity, kindergarten readiness and postsecondary attainment. The information covers the course of a child’s life, and what it reveals is: Those children who start behind usually stay behind.

THE STATE OF OHIO

Karen Kasler | July 27, 2018

Groundwork Ohio Executive Director joins Karen Kasler on The State of Ohio to discuss the newly released Ohio Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity Report.

EDITORIAL: STATE NEEDS TO INVEST IN KIDS' LIVES EARLY

The Canton Repository Editorial Board | July 26, 2018

Providing an in-depth look at how race and geography affect long-term educational attainment and health outcomes in the state, the group Groundwork Ohio released data Wednesday that it billed as “the most comprehensive early childhood report in Ohio history.”

Its basic conclusion — minorities statewide and children growing up in rural communities are more at risk of starting school behind than their more-affluent peers elsewhere in Ohio — comes as little surprise. Other studies have demonstrated direct correlations between poverty and race with school readiness.

AN OHIO GOVERNOR'S RACE WHERE BOTH DEWINE AND CORDRAY ARE PUTTING KIDS FIRST

Brent Larkin, Cleveland Plain Dealer | July 26, 2018

CLEVELAND -- Ohio seems headed for a welcome rarity - an election for governor where both candidates want to do more for kids.  

Not a single one of Ohio's huge problems related to workforce readiness, educational attainment, criminal justice costs and infant mortality can be solved without a relentless focus on and investment in the first years of a child's life.   Especially in a state where only 40 percent of its children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.  

NEW REPORT SAYS OHIO NEEDS TO FOCUS MORE RESOURCES ON EARLY INTERVENTION

Jo Ingles, Ohio Statehouse News Bureau | July 25, 2018

A new report shows low income Ohio children are not getting enough early intervention to be successful in school and life. 

Groundwork Ohio’s Shannon Jones says the comprehensive report looked at 26 different metrics from birth to college and it showed one bottom line.

MINORITY, APPALACHIAN KIDS AT GREATER RISK OF REMAINING POOR FOR LIFE, REPORT SAYS

Catherine Candisky & Mary Beth Lane, The Columbus Dispatch | July 25, 2018

Young children of color or who live in rural Appalachia are more at risk of starting behind — and staying behind, well into adulthood — than their more-affluent peers elsewhere in Ohio, a new report shows.

Groundwork Ohio released the Ohio Early Childhood Race & Rural Equity Report 2018 on Wednesday. Shannon Jones, executive director of the nonpartisan child-advocacy organization, said it was the most-comprehensive early childhood report in the state’s history.

OHIO REPORT TIES POVERTY, RACE AND GEOGRAPHY TO LIFELONG SUCCESS

Laura Hancock, Cleveland.com | July 25, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio children who are not ready for kindergarten have a hard time catching up over the years, with their scores in third grade reading and eighth grade math continuing to lag, according to a study released Wednesday.

The report, by the education advocacy organization Groundwork Ohio, found poverty is often tied to insufficient kindergarten readiness. It also found children who are black or who live in the 32-county Appalachian region tend to more often be poor.

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