Engaging with Experts Across the Country

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 and the BUILD Initiative through the National Collaboration of Infants and Toddlers. This week in Atlanta, GA, Groundwork Ohio Executive Director, Shannon Jones, and Policy Director and Legal Counsel, Lynanne Gutierrez,

Groundwork Ohio Brings the Voice of Young Children to Medicaid Managed Care Procurement

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 effectively, the Department must focus with intensity on our youngest and most vulnerable moms and babies. Read and share our comments to learn about how we can leverage Medicaid to advance healthy early childhood development.

Elevate Our State's Early Education Workforce Needs

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 field. With a large groundswell of participation from employers of Ohio's early education workforce, we can make workforce development efforts in the early learning and development space a top priority for the OWT moving

Groundwork Welcomes New Policy Associate Julia Jackels

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 in the District Office of Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner. Most recently, Julia served as the Legislative Assistant to the Government Relations team at Roetzel & Andress where she provided legislative

Groundwork Ohio Announces New Policy Associate

Columbus, Ohio: Today, Groundwork Ohio announced the appointment of Julia Jackels as its newest Policy Associate. “I am excited to join Groundwork’s team in supporting a cause that I have always cared deeply about. I believe Groundwork’s mission to invest in Ohioans at an early age will lead to greater opportunities for our youth and a stronger Ohio,” said Jackels. Julia holds a B.A. in Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. During her time at Miami, Julia served as an intern in the District Office of Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner. Most recently, Julia served as the Legislative Assistant to the Government Relations team at Roetzel & Andre

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