January 17, 2020

Earlier this week, CNN and the Des Moines Register hosted the 7th Democratic Debate in Iowa. Only six Democratic presidential candidates made the cut for the debate – Former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer.

As you may already know, there has been a large, nationwide push from early childhood advocates to encourage moderators to include early childhood topics in the debates....

January 10, 2020

This week, Groundwork attended and provided testimony at the Foster Care Forum in Columbus hosted by Governor DeWine's Children Services Transformation Advisory Council. The Foster Care Forum provided foster care youth, parents, advocates, agencies and others involved in the foster care system with the opportunity to provide feedback and stories to aid the Council as they develop their policy recommendations for foster care reform in Ohio. 

"The state of Ohio must be visionary...

January 3, 2020

This fall, we opened applications for Groundwork's Advisory Committee. Members of the Advisory Committee are trusted to provide insights on the needs of young children and families in Ohio and advance Groundwork’s mission to champion high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies. After receiving an overwhelming (but exciting) response of applicants for the Committee, we are happy to announce our 2020 Advisory Committee members! The Committee members listed be...

December 20, 2019

As the year (and decade) comes to an end, we can't help but reflect on all the exciting things that happened in 2019 at Groundwork. We are so grateful to have a fantastic group of advocates (like you!) who have helped us this past year to advance early childhood policies. While 2019 is almost over, we do have a lot of exciting things planned for 2020.

But first, check out some of our biggest highlights from 2019 and join us in celebrating a great year!

Moving on Up
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December 13, 2019

This week, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families released a report, titled "Nation's Youngest Children Lose Health Coverage at an Alarming Rate." The report shows that nationwide, the rate of uninsured children under the age of 6 has significantly increased since 2016. This increase comes as a surprise after years of a steady decrease in the number of children who are uninsured.

In the report, Ohio is highlighted for not only having a higher uninsured rate...

December 6, 2019

This week, the Groundwork staff was excited to welcome the newest addition to our team—Alex Fisher!  Alex 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. 

Alex received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Akron in the Spring of 2019 while serving as Page for Ohio Senator Vernon Sykes (...

November 27, 2019

This week we released a new report titled Advancing Early Childhood Mental Health through Evidence-Based Home Visiting where we explore how evidenced-based home visiting can support and encourage healthy development for our littlest learners. In the first five years of a child’s life, more than one million neural connections are forming every second! These neural connections, the brain’s architecture, are formed through the interaction of baby and his or her environment throu...

November 22, 2019

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 ea...

November 18, 2019

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 ea...

November 15, 2019

Groundwork spent the past year traveling the state and listening to members of the early education workforce share their experience working with young children and their families. The overwhelming response was that early educators want to provide children and families the support they need to succeed, but often experience serious challenges in the field. But don't just take our word for it, watch the video we created for you to hear first-hand from these early educators!

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