Making Sure Ohio Kids Count in the 2020 Census

The census plays a critical role in determining the allocation of billions of federal dollars that promote healthy growth and development during early childhood, including $795 million at stake in the Child Care Development Fund, Head Start and Early Head Start, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The magnitude of resources at stake is increased dramatically as we consider the long-term impact of census counts on state funding over the coming decade. Unfortunately, the undercounting of children under the age of five has been a pervasive issue in decennial censuses. An estimated 1 million young children were undercounted nationally as a result of the census conducted in 2010.

Groundwork Supports Ohio Equity Institute in Infant Mortality Reduction Efforts

This week, Groundwork Ohio hosted a leadership training for the Ohio Department of Health's Ohio Equity Institute (OEI) teams on how policy and practice can improve social determinants of health in communities across the state. OEI teams are tasked with developing upstream strategies specific to their communities that positively impact women and reduce infant mortality rates. During the training, the teams participated in hands-on exercises that challenged them to think critically about the barriers women in their community face and develop specific strategies to address those barriers. Teams also had an opportunity to hear from a panel of leading experts on the social determinants of health

Groundwork Executive Director Shannon Jones Appointed to Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality

Columbus, Ohio: Today, Groundwork Ohio announced the appointment of Executive Director Shannon Jones to the Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality by Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina). The Commission was created in 2014 with the goal of improving Ohio’s infant mortality rate and ensuring more babies reach their first birthday. “I am grateful for the senate’s confidence in my experience in this space and my commitment to reducing infant mortality in our state,” said Jones. “Throughout my career, this issue has been incredibly important to me and I am appreciative of this opportunity to continue dedicating my time and energy toward addressing it. I look forward to working with co-chairs Se

The Early Education Workforce is Central to Quality Early Learning

A qualified early educator—one who knows how to create a dynamic learning environment—is at the center of a high-quality early learning experience. Critical economic and societal benefits of a quality early childhood are determined by the long-term development of a trained and supported workforce. Only the most effective educators and staff can ensure that the littlest learners in their care have the early experiences they need to succeed in school, graduate on time, and thrive later in life. On average, early educators earn a wage of about $9.86 per hour—putting them toward the bottom of the wage-earning percentile across all occupations, which leads to high rates of employee turnover. When

Take Action: Share Your Expertise with the Administration for Children and Families

This week, the Administration for Children and Families posted a request for information on improving access to affordable, high-quality child care in the US. We encourage you to share your experience, expertise, and knowledge of the challenges in your communities to help inform future action by ACF and work toward improving our child care system for Ohio's children and families. Improving Access to Affordable, High-Quality Child Care As part of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) commitment to supporting working families and promoting the healthy development and well-being of children, ACF is seeking input from the public and interested stakeholders on strategies to improv

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