October 18, 2019

This week, Groundwork Ohio hosted a leadership training for the Ohio Department of Health's Ohio Equity Institute (OEI) teams on how policy and practice can improve social determinants of health in communities across the state. OEI teams are tasked with developing upstream strategies specific to their communities that positively impact women and reduce infant mortality rates. During the training, the teams participated in hands-on exercises that challenged them to think criti...

October 11, 2019

A qualified early educator—one who knows how to create a dynamic learning environment—is at the center of a high-quality early learning experience. Critical economic and societal benefits of a quality early childhood are determined by the long-term development of a trained and supported workforce. Only the most effective educators and staff can ensure that the littlest learners in their care have the early experiences they need to succeed in school, graduate on time, and thri...

October 4, 2019

This week, the Administration for Children and Families posted a request for information on improving access to affordable, high-quality child care in the US.  We encourage you to share your experience, expertise, and knowledge of the challenges in your communities to help inform future action by ACF and work toward improving our child care system for Ohio's children and families. 

Improving Access to Affordable, High-Quality Child Care 
As part of the Administration for...

September 27, 2019

This week, Groundwork staff and stakeholders had the opportunity to participate in three incredible convenings with child advocates from other states and early childhood experts across the nation.

National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers Convening
As Groundwork continues planning for a strategic initiative to increase access to high-quality, evidence-based interventions for Ohio's most at-risk babies and toddlers, we are supported by the Pritzker Children's Initiative a...

September 20, 2019

The Ohio Department of Medicaid has been seeking feedback from stakeholders about their experience with managed care and ideas for improvement as they conduct managed care procurement. We believe the Department, through its agency leadership and the opportunity afforded by managed care plan procurement, is uniquely positioned to advance our state’s kids, families and communities by investing in the healthy development of Ohio’s most at-risk young children. But to do so effect...

September 13, 2019

Earlier this month, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT), headed by Lt. Governor Jon Husted, released an In-Demand Jobs survey, which will be used to direct the state’s workforce development efforts in the coming years. This is a great opportunity to advance conversations on the state-level around supporting those working in the early learning and development space and we urge you to complete the survey and to share it with friends and colleagues in the fie...

September 6, 2019

This week, the Groundwork staff was thrilled to welcome the newest addition to our team--Julia Jackels!  Julia joins Groundwork as our newest Policy Associate to support the development and implementation of Groundwork’s policy agenda, priorities and strategies through effective communication, advocacy, research, and data analysis. 

Julia holds a B.A. in Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. During her time at Miami, Julia served as an intern...

August 30, 2019

What if early childhood educators had all the resources they need to support quality learning and healthy development for young children?  What if they were valued, respected, and fairly compensated for the work they do?

Ohio's Power to the Profession Network (P2P), launched by the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children, is part of a national movement to ensure early childhood educators at all levels of the profession are valued, respected, and well-compensated....

August 23, 2019

This past Tuesday, Governor DeWine announced in a press release that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the U.S. Department of Health approved a plan for the Children’s Health Insurance Program “to enhance and expand Medicaid’s lead abatement program in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health.” The approval comes after Ohio’s operating budget for fiscal years 2020-2021 appropriated $5 million over the biennium to fund lead abatement initiatives for Medi...

August 16, 2019

Groundwork is grateful to be on the newly appointed Ohio Early Childhood Advisory Council that met this week. Delivering and building upon the promises of Governor DeWine’s Opportunity for Ohio Kids Agenda, members were provided with a reflective update and celebration of Ohio’s FY 2020-2021 budget investments in young children and families.  Leadership from the Governor’s Office of Children’s Initiatives and the early childhood cross-agency team shared their vision for imple...

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