Advancing the Early Childhood Education Profession in Ohio

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. Through convening members of the early childhood workforce across the state of Ohio, P2P is able to foster a network of educators, as well as allow opportunities for individuals to build authentic relationships. Last Fr

Governor DeWine Announces Approval of Joint Medicaid and Ohio Department of Health Plan for Lead Aba

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 Medicaid and health departments. The approval of this strategy as a public health initiative is an important step forward for the health and development of Ohio kids, as lead poisoning has such detrimental effects on young c

Groundwork Joins Ohio Early Childhood Advisory Council

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 implementing the incredible investments in critical interventions to improve outcomes for young children. Among all the great news and developments shared, we were thrilled to hear the updated numbers of children having a

Intern Insights: Comparing Early Education Around the World

A month ago when I started this internship, I had no idea what child care systems looked like in Ohio, let alone across the world. After I read about Ohio’s different forms of early childhood education, I started to read about what it looks like in other countries. As I’ve researched, I’ve found a wide variety of systems, some more comprehensive than others. But even as child care systems have varied, I’ve found that most countries share a fundamental understanding: that an investment in early childhood education and care systems benefits the country in a multitude ways. Take France, for example. France has one of the most comprehensive child care systems in the world, providing universal pr

Intern Insights: Exploring Early Education in Columbus

Groundwork is thrilled to have Alisha Mohsin join us for the summer through Columbus Academy's internship program. This week, Alisha visited a local resource and referral agency (Action for Children) and child care center (Heavenly Kids Center for Learning). The following are Alisha's observations and insights from her visits. This week, had the opportunity to visit Action for Children and Heavenly Kids Center for Learning to learn more about early childhood education here in Central Ohio. I got to see the amazing work that Action for Children (AFC) is doing with the Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) system. I found out that AFC is currently providing help to different child care providers to reg

Contact Congress to Share Your Support for Increased Investments in CCDBG

Encourage Congress to Increase 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. We encourage you to elevate the importance of federal investments in early learning with your US Representative (look up your representative here) and Senators Brown and Portman by sending a letter expressing your support for increased CCDBG funding. Simply download our letter template, fill in the highlighted fields, and drop it in the mail!

What if we expanded child care eligibility in Ohio?

Child care is a critical family need, allowing parents to work while keeping children safe and supporting their healthy development. But quality child care is expensive and difficult to find, particularly for low-income parents who face additional challenges affording and finding care while they work. Increasing access to quality child care can help low-income families with children younger than age 13 (or older children with special needs) pay for child care, yet the current child care system offers care to only a fraction of low-income families. What if the system were funded so all Ohio families with incomes below 150 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) who meet the other eligibili

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