As Ohio's FY 20-21 budget deliberations come to a close...

... we want to take a moment to thank the many people who have worked hard to keep kids a top priority over the past several months. First and foremost, we are grateful to Governor DeWine who, from the first policy agenda he released on the campaign trail, has shown a strong commitment to investing in young children, which was clearly reflected in his executive budget proposal. We also applaud the dedication and passion of Director LeeAnne Cornyn and her team at the Office of Children's Initiatives who are working hard to ensure investments in Ohio's child-serving systems are translating to improved outcomes for kids. As the budget moved to the General Assembly, our Senators and Repres

Final Push for Investments in Ohio's Young Children in FY 20-21

There is just over one week left of deliberations for the FY 20-21 state operating budget. Yesterday, in an exciting demonstration of bipartisanship, the Ohio Senate passed their version of the budget bill unanimously. Conference Committee, which consists of members of the House, Senate, and Administration, now convenes to work on developing the final version of the budget to be passed by both chambers of the legislature and signed by the Governor before July 1, 2019. Between now and July 1, Groundwork will continue working to ensure investments that support healthy development and early learning for young children are included in the final budget. Here's what we'll be keeping an eye o

Early Learning Advocates Celebrate the Ohio Senate's Proposed Increase in State Funding

The Groundwork staff shared a sweet treat with members and staff of the Ohio Senate on Wednesday to thank them for proposing increased investments in quality child care and preventing rate cuts in 13 rural counties. This week, the Ohio Senate Finance Committee released its newest version of the FY 2020-21 state operating budget, which includes a new $10 million dollar investment to enhance Ohio’s child care system. This newly proposed funding creates a grant opportunity to satisfy one-time needs for child care programs to become quality-rated to meet Ohio’s statutory mandate that all publicly funded providers be rated at least 1-star in our quality rating and improvement system, Step Up to Q

Breaking Budget News

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I wanted to share with you some very exciting news… our hard work is paying off! This afternoon, the Senate released its version of HB 166, the State’s FY 20-21 Operating Budget, which includes a BRAND NEW $10 million investment of state general fund dollars in quality infrastructure grants. This additional investment will create a competitive opportunity for local communities to support child care programs who are seeking to fulfill their commitment to quality by June 30, 2020. Early childhood stakeholders will be able to apply for one-time funds to be spent on quality workforce supports including but not limited to wage incentives and assistance with certi

Ohio Senate Proposes $10 Million Investment in Quality Early Learning, Stops Rate Cut to 13 Counties

Columbus, Ohio: Today, the Ohio Senate Finance Committee released its newest version of the FY 2020-21 state operating budget, which includes a new $10 million dollar investment to enhance Ohio’s child care system. This newly proposed funding creates a grant opportunity to satisfy one-time needs for child care programs to become quality-rated to meet Ohio’s statutory mandate that all publicly funded providers be rated at least 1-star in our quality rating and improvement system, Step Up to Quality, by July 1, 2020. A strong body of evidence demonstrates that quality child care, which promotes early learning and healthy development for young children, increases kindergarten readiness, high sc

Child Care Providers and Community Leaders Work to Prevent Rate Cuts in 13 Rural Counties

Supporting a "Hold Harmless" for 13 Rural Counties On Wednesday, child care providers and community leaders from across Ohio provided testimony before the Senate Finance Committee in support of a “hold harmless” to avoid proposed rate decreases for Ohio’s publicly funded child care program in 13 Ohio counties (Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Belmont, Erie, Harrison, Knox, Ottawa, Portage, Preble, Sandusky, Seneca, and Trumbull). These rate reductions, which were proposed by the Administration and would go into effect on July 1, 2019, come just six months after the majority of these counties received small but critical rate increases when a long-time rate reimbursement injustice in 38 counties w

Child Care Providers and Community Leaders Testify on Devastating Impact of Proposed Reimbursement..

Child Care Providers and Community Leaders Testify on Devastating Impact of Proposed Reimbursement Rate Cut in 13 Rural Ohio Counties Columbus, Ohio: Today, child care providers and community leaders from across Ohio provided testimony before the Senate Finance Committee in support of a proposed budget amendment to “hold harmless” child care programs in 13 rural Ohio counties (Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Belmont, Erie, Harrison, Knox, Ottawa, Portage, Preble, Sandusky, Seneca, and Trumbull) who are subject to a proposed rate cut as the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) updates its publicly funded child care rates. The proposed ODJFS rate update was initiated when the federal

Child Care Providers and Community Leaders to Testify on Impact of Proposed PFCC Rate Decreases in 1

Today, child care providers and community leaders from across Ohio will provide testimony before the Senate Finance Committee in support of a “hold harmless” to avoid a proposed rate decreases for Ohio’s publicly funded child care program in 13 Ohio counties (Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Belmont, Erie, Harrison, Knox, Ottawa, Portage, Preble, Sandusky, Seneca, and Trumbull). These rate reductions, which would go into effect on July 1, 2019, come just six months after the majority of these counties received small but critical rate increases when the administration rectified a long-time rate reimbursement injustice in 38 Ohio counties. A hold harmless would ensure that no county receives lower r

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