Program Overview

 

Applications are now closed for the first Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship cohort. Stay tuned for an announcement in mid-January!

Beginning in 2020, early education and health professionals from across the state will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, engage with thought-leaders and policymakers to advance quality early learning and health, and take steps to create state-, local-, and community-level change for young children in Ohio.  Fellows will engage in a hybrid curriculum designed to build upon leadership and communications skills, expand knowledge around the landscape of Ohio’s early childhood systems, and empower participants to take on leadership roles in their communities and the early education and health professions across the state. The Fellowship will incorporate in-person sessions, expert presentations, online learning experiences, and small group regional exercises designed to drive change in local communities. By the end of the year, Fellows will have gained the knowledge and tools needed to enhance their capacity to influence healthy development and early learning policies that will improve outcomes for Ohio’s youngest children and their families.

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Participant Qualifications:


Groundwork Ohio Early Childhood Leadership Fellows are passionate early education and health professionals, including home-and center-based providers, home visitors, early childhood mental health providers, preschool educators, higher education professionals educating future early educators, and other early childhood professionals. Be on the lookout for the opportunity to apply for the 2021 cohort in the fall of 2020. Not sure if you’re qualified? >> Email Us!




Time Commitment and Expectations:


The program consists of four, mandatory in-person sessions in Columbus from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on the following dates for this year's cohort:

  • Saturday, February 8, 2020

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020

  • Saturday, August 8, 2020

  • Saturday, November 14, 2020

In addition to the sessions listed above, Fellows are required to:

  • Participate in a minimum of three (3) webinars. Mandatory webinars are hosted during weekday evening hours. Fellows also have access to recorded versions of any webinars they are unable to attend live.

  • Attend a meeting with their state legislator(s) in Columbus;

  • Host a site visit at their place of employment with their state legislator(s); and,

  • Create an actionable plan with other Fellows within their geographic region.

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




Application Process:


To be considered for the program, participants fill out a brief application and sign a statement of commitment along with their employer. Applications for the 2021 Fellowship cohort will open in the fall of 2020. Questions about the application process? >> Email Us!




Tuition:


The total program tuition fee for selected Fellows is $1,500 . Groundwork works hard to secure funds to offer scholarships for Fellows that request financial assistance. Applicants have the opportunity to indicate whether they need financial assistance for the program during the application process. Questions about program tuition or other anticipated barriers to participation? >> Email Us!





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