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Program Overview


Applications for the 2023 Groundwork Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship are now closed.


Groundwork Ohio is excited to announce its fourth 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 Ohio is looking for passionate early childhood professionals that include home-based and center-based childcare 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.

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