Groundwork's 2019 Budget Advocacy Impact Report

It's been just over a week since Governor DeWine signed the FY 20-21 state operating budget. This year's state budget process had an unprecedented focus on investing in Ohio’s youngest children. With strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate and close cooperation between the Administration and General Assembly, the FY 20-21 budget includes a number of new investments to support quality early learning and healthy development for 0-5 year olds in Ohio. Since the beginning of the year, the Groundwork staff has been hard at work meeting with and connecting stakeholders to policymakers, engaging legislative staff, and elevating the issues facing Ohio's young children. With your help

Governor Mike DeWine Signs FY20-21 State Operating Budget

After passing with strong support from the House and Senate on Wednesday afternoon, Governor Mike DeWine signed the FY 20-21 budget bill hours after the end of the July 17th extended deadline. We are excited to announce that the final budget sustains many of the exciting proposed investments in early learning and healthy development that we've shared over the past several months, including: A $30 million increase in investments over the biennium for the Help Me Grow evidence-based home visiting program, bringing the total biennial investment to $70 million and supporting the Governor’s goal of tripling the number of families served by the program. A $10 million investment in Quality Infrast

Conference Committee Preserves Funding for Key Early Education and Health Investments

Conference Committee Preserves Funding for Key Early Education and Health Investments in Ohio’s FY 2020-2021 Operating Budget Columbus, Ohio: Yesterday, conference committee agreed to favorably report the final version of the state budget bill to the Senate and House of Representatives for a vote. The conference committee’s version of the budget reflects the ongoing support of the Governor, House, and Senate for investments in the early learning and healthy development of Ohio’s young children, including: · A $30 million increase in investments over the biennium for the Help Me Grow evidence-based home visiting program, bringing the total biennial investment to $70 million and supporting the

Groundwork Supports Increasing Federal CCDBG Funding

Federal funds play a critical role in supporting early learning in Ohio--about 20% of Ohio's child care funding comes from the federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and Congress is currently considering an increase to that fund, which could significantly benefit Ohio's littlest learners. This week, Groundwork Ohio's Executive Committee sent letters to the Ohio Congressional delegation expressing our support of increasing CCDBG funding by $5 billion from last year's appropriation. This would allow Ohio to further invest in meeting the state's quality mandates and expand access to more families who could benefit from high-quality publicly funded child care. We will also be meet

Groundwork Executive Director Shannon Jones recognized as 2019 Woman of Influence

During this holiday week of rest and celebration, we want to take a moment to celebrate our own fearless leader Shannon Jones on her well-deserved recognition as one of Venue Magazine's 2019 Women of Influence. This award aims to honor women who have helped shape the success of their organization and have demonstrated leadership, professional achievement, and continuous contribution to the workplace and community. Shannon has dedicated her career to better serving the most vulnerable members of her community and state. As a member of the General Assembly, she was first in Ohio history ever to achieve the distinction of election to the leadership teams in both chambers and used that platfor

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