Program Overview

 

Applications for the 2022 Groundwork Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship are now closed.

 

Groundwork Ohio is excited to announce its third annual Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship cohort. The Fellowship will provide emerging early childhood professionals with essential training and support needed to enhance their leadership skills and talents. The Fellowship will inspire Fellows by utilizing a unique and engaging curriculum consisting of keynote speakers, online learning experiences, discussions with policymakers, networking opportunities, technical assistance, and small group projects. Upon completion of the program, Fellows will have a better understanding on how to be a successful advocate for themselves, infants and toddlers, families, and their community.


Groundwork is currently seeking fellowship applications from passionate early childhood professionals to include home-based and center-based child care providers, home visitors, child development specialists, child welfare professionals, early childhood mental health providers, preschool educators, maternal, infant and early childhood health professionals, higher education professionals, and more!

Fellows selected for the program can expect to:

  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of Ohio’s early childhood system from experts in the field;

  • Integrate an equity lens when advocating for change in practices and policies;

  • Navigate Ohio’s current political landscape;

  • Engage with state and local policymakers;

  • Formulate strategies to advance existing or new coalitions within communities; 

  • Engage families in leadership and advocacy efforts;

  • Contribute to a network of early learning and development leaders;

  • Build leadership and strategic communication skills; 

  • Develop capacity for engaging in systems building; 

  • Participate in team building exercises and experiential learning to create relationships among professionals;

  • Expand access to resources and inform early childhood policy;

  • Develop and forge longstanding relationships among Fellowship alumni;

  • Participate in exclusive Groundwork and unique stakeholder events; and

  • Develop an action plan to mobilize local communities around prioritizing infants and toddlers across the state.

 

Note: this Fellowship program does not provide college credit.

Don't just take our word for it... hear what our 2021 and 2020 cohorts have to say about their experience.

Learn the Details

Participant Qualifications:


Groundwork Ohio is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our programming and activities including the Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship. We are seeking to build a racially, ethnically and geographically diverse cohort of professionals from across the state of Ohio’s with a range of personal and professional experiences and backgrounds. We are currently seeking fellowship applications from passionate early childhood professionals to include home-based and center-based child care providers, home visitors, child development specialists, child welfare professionals, early childhood mental health providers, preschool educators, maternal, infant and early childhood health professionals, higher education professionals, and more! Not sure if you’re qualified? >> Email Us!




Program Requirements & Time Commitment:


The Fellowship will incorporate in-person and virtual group sessions with Groundwork and guest presentations, online learning experiences through webinars, individual reading assignments and small group projects designed to drive community change. As part of the program requirements, Fellows must:

  • Attend five Saturday sessions in-person in Columbus, Ohio, along with additional virtual check-in meetings (see below);
  • Attend a meeting (following advocacy training) with state legislators in-person in Columbus, Ohio on May 18th, 2022;
  • Participate in at least three Groundwork Ohio webinars outside of the Fellowship required webinars (dates TBD);
  • Develop and present on a small group Early Childhood Capstone Experience project;
  • Coordinate virtually with small groups during and outside of Fellowship hours; and,
  • Engage in the Groundwork Ohio Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship Alumni Network in 2023 and beyond.

All sessions will take place in Columbus, Ohio from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on the following dates:

  • Saturday, January 8, 2022

  • Saturday, March 12, 2022

  • Saturday, July 9, 2022

  • Saturday, September 17, 2022

  • Saturday, December 10, 2022

Additionally, fellows will be required to attend Groundwork’s in-person advocacy day on May 18, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio to meet with their legislators. This is an all-day event. There will also be opportunities for optional Fellowship virtual check-in meetings scheduled for Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 7:30-8:30 AM and Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 7:30-9:00 AM.

Note: All mandatory meetings will take place in Columbus, Ohio. Groundwork is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and may move some in-person meetings to virtual meetings for health and safety purposes. We will notify participants of changes in advance of the meetings.

Questions about the time commitment and expectations? >> Email Us!




Application Process:


All applications are due no later than November 5th at 5 pm. Groundwork will notify selected applicants by November 12th at the latest. The online application can be found by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3owV0Ws

During the application process, applicants will be required to provide personal information, answers to a short answer question, and submit a signed electronic copy of the commitment form.

  • If you are self-employed, you will need to sign and upload a self-employed statement of commitment form. When completing the application, you will have the option to upload your signed statement of commitment. In order to access the self-employed commitment form, click here: https://bit.ly/2Y3hSSR
  • If you are not self-employed, you and your employer will need to sign and upload an employee-employer statement of commitment form. When completing the application, you will have the option to upload your signed statement of commitment. In order to access the employee-employer statement of commitment form, click here: https://bit.ly/3AUEdQF

Accepted applicants will be invited to attend (virtually) the 2021 Fellowship Cohort’s final session on December 11, 2021 from 9 AM – 12 PM to hear their final project presentations and celebrate their graduation.

Questions about the application process? >> Email Us!




Tuition:


If chosen to participate in the Fellowship, there will be a $1,500.00 tuition fee due no later than January 7, 2022. Groundwork is working diligently to ensure scholarship opportunities to applicants who demonstrate a passion for advancing early childhood development policy.

Questions about program tuition or other anticipated barriers to participation? >> Email Us!




Meet Previous Fellows:


2020 Fellowship Cohort Members

  • Elizabeth Abbott, Bombeck Family Learning Center
  • Krista Allison, Stark Education Partnership, Inc.
  • Sadie Bonifas, The Great Oaks Career Campus
  • Mary Brady, Early Childhood Resource Center
  • Tonya Byous, The Centers for Families and Children
  • Hannah Dieter, Great Minds
  • Jarissa Garcia, Little Hands, Inc.
  • Stephanie Geneseo, All Nestled Inn Family Childcare
  • Nicole Gordon, Child Focus
  • Camille Harris, All 4 Kids, LLC
  • Malissa Harris, Little Miracles EDC
  • Elizabeth Hibbs, Early Childhood Education Alliance
  • Kimberly Hiltz, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Ohio, Inc.
  • Kelly Kaiser, Baby University
  • Rebecca Keaton, COAD
  • Helen Mattheis, Cincinnati Early Learning Centers
  • Rebecca Mental, Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center
  • Navya Nalla, Nationwide Children's Hospital- Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Ross "Chad" Nunamaker, The Lynda A. Cohen Center for the Study of Child Development
  • Emily Rozmus, INFOhio
  • Beth Rutter, Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Elizabeth Styles, Winton Woods City Schools
  • Qianna Tidmore, Office of Early Childhood/Invest in Children
  • Shannon Viccarone, Starting Point
  • Aysha Wilburn, The Centers for Families and Children
  • Molly Youngstrom Hagkull, The Childhood League Center
2021 Fellowship Cohort Members
  • Carla Adams, Child Development Council of Franklin County
  • Jessica Ann Boiner, Family Child Care Home Provider
  • Charlene Carroll, Emmanuel Christian Academy
  • Misty Cole, Hopewell Health Centers
  • Jessica Collins, Knox County Head Start
  • Megan Foradori, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
  • Alice Harrell, New Dimension Child Care Center
  • Jennine Hoover, Kendal at Oberlin
  • Asia Hughes, The Childcare People
  • Michael Ingram, Bedford Heights Daycare & Nursery Center Inc.
  • Brittany Jackson, Action for Children
  • Ginny Joo, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center - TIP Program
  • Caroline King, Temple Tots Preschool
  • Angela Kirkland, Family Child Care Home Provider
  • Renee Matsunami, Child Care Choices, Inc.
  • Patricia McNerney, EICK Global STEM Academy
  • Devin Montrell Bates, The East End Neighborhood House
  • Margaret Osborne, Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Ottawa County Family & Children First Council
  • Jessica Parker, City of Lakewood, Division of Early Childhood
  • Brittany Pope, OhioGuidestone
  • Linda Schettler, Catholic Charities Early Learning
  • Hannah Scully, Child Focus
  • Julia Shaheen, Stark County District Library
  • Amber Sullivan, Bright Beginnings
  • Amanda Uhrig, Brightside Academy Ohio
  • Clarissa Walls-Parker, Clinton County Community Action Program Head Start
  • Erica Wehri, Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission
  • Tawanna Williams, Starting Point Learning Center
  • Carrie Williamson, Professional Innovative Early Care and Education Solutions
  • Marian Wright, Bright Beginnings Early Intervention





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