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Past Event Recordings

February 23, 2024

Dental Health in Pregnancy and Young Children

Dental health during pregnancy and among young children is a significant unmet need in Ohio, especially for people living in low-income families. While it is too often forgotten when considering prenatal and early childhood health, our panelists are joining us to elevate and increase understanding of the issue during National Children's Dental Health Month.

December 4, 2023

Black Maternal Mental Health Training with Best Point Behavioral Health

Join Debbie Gingrich, LISW-S Chief Program Officer, and Ashley Glass, MPH, BSN Maternal Mental Health Program Manager, with Best Point Behavioral Health for a training that was developed from data and information from a grant funded by Bi3.


Best Point Behavioral Health hosted listening sessions, focus groups, and individual interviews to understand the experience Black Mothers have in navigating their mental health both during and after pregnancy.

September 13, 2023

Nuturing Ohio's Future: Promising Practices for Preschool Partnership

With a focus on the recent Preschool Expansion Grant, this virtual event brought together a panel of visionary leaders at the forefront of preschool initiatives across the state. Preschool education is a critical foundation for a child's future success, and Ohio has many initiatives working toward innovative strategies to ensure every child receives the best start in their educational journey.

May 2, 2023

Early Intervention: Investing in What Works for Families of Infants & Toddlers

Ohio Early Intervention is the statewide system providing coordinated services for families of infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays. Access to quality early learning and early intervention is vital to supporting and maintaining a child’s overall health and well-being and contributes to the long-term vitality of our state. Despite more than 50 years of research on early intervention, many of Ohio’s infants and toddlers don’t have access to the early intervention services they may need, especially babies born preterm. Early intervention is a worthy investment, and not just for kids. The earlier we provide resources to educate people, the more money we save in the long term.

February 8, 2023

Leading from Home: Elevating Ohio Family Child Care

Family child care providers play a critical role in Ohio's child care delivery system and were a source of continuity and stability for front-line families during the pandemic shutdown and now into recovery. Due to their small group size and ratios, family child care settings are naturally safe, trusted environments for quality child care. Unfortunately, statewide data and research does not tell us a lot about these providers and the barriers they identify to being a successful contributor to the child care delivery system of Ohio. Learn from Groundwork Ohio's Center for Early Learning and our panelists as they pull back the layers of family child care, shedding a light on the value family child care brings to our state, as well as the challenges faced by providers.

October 11, 2022

Supporting Ohio Families, County by County

How county officials have responded to the child care crisis

Ohio, as well as the nation, is currently facing a child care crisis. Working families are being stretched to their breaking point to afford quality care and early education for their young children.

Child care providers are experiencing record workforce shortages and growing wait lists. 

The webinar will be facilitated by Beth Hess, Director of the Center for Early Learning at Groundwork Ohio. Speakers included Erica Crawley, Franklin County Commissioner, Julie Ehemann, Shelby County Commissioner, Jenna Kahly, Clay County Commissioner (Minnesota), and Arabella Pluta-Ehlers, National Association of Counties.

August 11, 2022

The Power of Communication & Language for Infants & Toddlers

A Foundation for Early Learning.

Quality early learning experiences set the course for a child’s later health and success in school and life. Language development supports children’s ability to communicate, express and understand emotions, begin to think critically and build relationships.   The webinar features a distinguished panel of experts who will share the unique ways they are supporting families and childcare providers.

December 15, 2021

Ohio Statewide Poll on Child Care & Ohio's Economy

Groundwork Ohio hosted a webinar to discuss findings and takeaways from a new statewide Ohio poll that shows access to quality child care and early childhood education is an economic issue and vital to addressing Ohio’s workforce crisis.

Learn more about the poll >>

July 7, 2021

Amplifying Family Voice to Advance Equitable Outcomes for Young Children

Join the Center for Family Voice at Groundwork Ohio and esteemed guests for a discussion on how Ohio can better empower families to drive change and improve the healthy development of Ohio’s young children. Groundwork Ohio will also share findings from a new report, "Amplifying Family Voice to Advance Equitable Outcomes for Young Children."

April 23, 2021

Laying the Groundwork: Ohio Senate Virtual Summit

Watch the recording of our virtual Laying the Groundwork Summit: in the Ohio Senate on April 23, 2021. This virtual summit was an opportunity to learn how Ohio's biennial budget can support quality early childhood experiences for Ohio kids, families and communities and how you can engage throughout the budget process. Don't miss this stellar speaker lineup.

March 19, 2021

Laying the Groundwork: Ohio House Virtual Summit

Watch the recording of our virtual Laying the Groundwork Summit: in the Ohio House on March 19, 2021. This virtual summit was an opportunity to learn how Ohio's biennial budget can support quality early childhood experiences for Ohio kids, families and communities and how you can engage throughout the budget process.

March 5, 2021

The Small Business Case for Child Care

Join Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices and Groundwork Ohio for a webinar on why access to child care is important to small businesses as a key workforce issue. You will hear from small business owners about why child care matters to them and how small businesses can partner with early childhood advocates to address this issue. Speakers will also discuss what can be done through local, state, and federal policies to expand access to child care.

February 24, 2021

Why Local Leadership Matters to Young Children (click here to watch)

Join Groundwork and our partners at the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, Ready, Set, Soar Ohio and the National Association of Counties for a webinar on Wednesday, February 24th from 9:30- 10:30 AM. During this webinar, you will learn from national and Ohio county leaders on what you can do to expand high-quality services for infants and toddlers in your community.

January 24, 2024

Building Blocks of Belonging: Inclusive Child Care for All

Watch as expert panelists talk through the disparities children with disabilities face in accessing early childhood education programs. This dynamic conversation also reviewed the new Ohio PROMISE initiative that focuses on dismantling these disparities, and discussed the impact of inclusion on communities.

Expert panelists include:

  • Kari Jones, Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio

  • Laura Maddox, OCALI

  • Kathy Muehlbauer, Ohio Department of Children & Youth

  • De Lena Scales, Parent & City of Columbus Department of Neighborhoods

  • Katie Walton, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

  • Lisa Zimmermann, The Perlman Center for Cerebral Palsy at Cincinnati Children's

November 14, 2023

Harvesting Hope: Advancing Child Care Access in Rural & Appalachian Ohio

This webinar will elevate the issue of child care access disparities in rural and Appalachian Ohio. The region faces unique challenges, with a significant proportion of children living in child care deserts and poverty. Nearly one in three children in these areas live in poverty, and almost two in three children in rural Ohio lack access to quality child care services.


This webinar will cover a basic overview of the child care crisis in rural and Appalachian Ohio and how the Farm Bill proposes to invest in child care infrastructure. We will hear voices from rural Ohio including families with young children and early childhood professionals.

August 9, 2023

Medical-Legal Partnerships Webinar

Many Ohioans access health services, even when such a need arises from non-health-related triggers. Medical Legal Partnerships (MLPs) link the expertise of healthcare providers and legal professionals to address legal issues that adversely affect the health of patients. MLPs help mothers and children connect with legal service providers during their healthcare visits, making it a one-stop shop for accessing needed legal services. Having medical staff link families to legal services is an effective and convenient way to holistically meet the needs of families. Stressors such as domestic disputes and housing instability can trigger various health issues that lead many individuals to healthcare providers, not attorneys.

February 16, 2023

Early Head Start: Investing in What Works for Families of Infants & Toddlers

Early Head Start is a federal program serving infants, toddlers, and pregnant women since 1995. This program provides comprehensive services for child development and family support for families incomes below 100 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), as well as children experiencing homelessness, in foster care, or receiving other forms of public assistance. In 2022, the federal government invested $96 million in Ohio’s Early Head Start services, reaching over 8,000 young children and over 400 pregnant women. Approximately 88 percent of children enrolled in Early Head Start in Ohio are living at or below the FPL. However, only 8 percent of children living at or below the FPL and less than 20 percent of eligible children in foster care are participating in Early Head Start. Join Groundwork Ohio and Early Head Start partners from across the state to learn about Early Head Start’s delivery models, what is working for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women in Ohio, and how to meet more families where they are through Early Head Start.

January 25, 2023

Groundwork Ohio Early Childhood Dashboard Release

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.

September 28, 2022

Ohio Safe Babies Court Team: A Community-Centered Approach

Supporting Babies and Families Through the Courts

Learn more about the Safe Babies Court Team™ (SBCT) approach and how we help families with young children navigate the child welfare system. Led by our Center for Maternal and Young Child Health Director Lindsay Ciavarelli, speakers included Sarah Karr, 
Delaney Jones, Karen Ricketts-Byrd, and  Jordan Davis.

January 6, 2022

Family Action Network & Strolling Thunder Informational Session

Families deserve to be respected, valued, and heard. To help elevate the voices of Ohio parents and families in the policymaking process, Groundwork Ohio is building a statewide Family Action Network. The Family Action Network will be a powerful and diverse coalition of Ohio families from across the state. Watch our informational webinar to learn more about the Family Action Network and how you can help support our efforts.

October 27, 2021

Integrating Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Policy to Grow Healthy Kids & Families

Join Groundwork Ohio's Center for Maternal and Young Child Health for a virtual discussion on integrating policies that support early childhood mental health to strengthen the foundation of Ohio families and communities.

June 15, 2021

Urgent Call to Action to Save Ohio Child Care

Join us for a 30-minute webinar to learn more about the state of child care in Ohio's biennial budget, the Senate's damaging language on child care, and how you can join thousands of Ohioans in this urgent call to action to save quality child care. This event is brought to you by a unified front of child care advocates and professionals.

April 12, 2021

Briefing on Child Care for SW Ohio Legislation Delegation

A meeting with members of the southwest Ohio legislative delegation as a virtual convening of legislators, constituents, and community leaders will discuss the importance of investing in infants, children, and their families in the Ohio budget and what has been proposed to date. Your state legislators need to hear from you.

March 12, 2021

The State of Babies in Ohio's FY22-23 Budget

Ohio's state biennial budget process is now in full swing, but what does this budget mean for pregnant women, infants, toddlers and their families? Join us on Friday, March 12th from 10:00 - 11:30 AM as we provide stakeholders with an update on the state biennial budget and what is needed to ensure that young children and families remain a top priority in the budget. During the meeting, you will have the opportunity hear from an esteemed panel in addition to some special legislative guests.

February 24, 2021

COVID-19 & Child Care: Lessons
Learned for Moving Forward

Join researchers from the Ohio COVID-19 Child Care Study as they discuss COVID-19 among staff and families affiliated with child care programs across the state and lessons learned for managing the impact moving forward. The virtual seminar also highlights key voices with expertise in child health and wellbeing in addressing the value of child care and a sustained investment.

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