2020: Charting the Course Ahead

Over the past year, Groundwork has not only expanded our team, but we have also exponentially grown our footprint in Ohio. We have no intention of stopping or slowing our momentum. In fact, we are only getting started! This is why we are excited to announce our new report, 2020: Charting the Course Ahead. The report provides, in great detail, our 2019 accomplishments and our goals moving forward. In the report, you will find that in 2019, Groundwork coordinated: 49 testimonies given by Groundwork staff and stakeholders 3,458 postcards delivered to policymakers 13 equity-focused events in 8 different regions throughout Ohio 900 Ohioans engaged in conversations around early childhood equity 25

Expanding Access to Early Childhood Mental Health Services

In an effort to further support the health and wellbeing of Ohio's youngest children, Governor DeWine recently announced grant awards to expand early childhood mental health services across the state. Early childhood mental health (ECMH) refers to the social, emotional and behavioral wellbeing of young children and their families, including the ability to understand and express emotions, form healthy attachments, and feel confident exploring their environment. As children mature, early childhood mental health supports growth in other essential areas of development including physical health, cognitive skills, language and literacy, social skills and readiness for school. Kids who exhibit stro

Presidential Candidates Prioritize Young Children, Families, and Early Educators

Earlier this week, CNN and the Des Moines Register hosted the 7th Democratic Debate in Iowa. Only six Democratic presidential candidates made the cut for the debate – Former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer. As you may already know, there has been a large, nationwide push from early childhood advocates to encourage moderators to include early childhood topics in the debates. In the past debates, we have joined early childhood advocates during Twitter chats before and during each debate encouraging moderators and candidates to discuss early childhood issues. Good news – it finally paid off!

Groundwork Speaks Up for Young Children in Foster Care

This week, Groundwork attended and provided testimony at the Foster Care Forum in Columbus hosted by Governor DeWine's Children Services Transformation Advisory Council. The Foster Care Forum provided foster care youth, parents, advocates, agencies and others involved in the foster care system with the opportunity to provide feedback and stories to aid the Council as they develop their policy recommendations for foster care reform in Ohio. "The state of Ohio must be visionary in its leadership when considering the transformation of the foster care system," said Lynanne Gutierrez, Policy Director and Legal Counsel for Groundwork Ohio. "Our systems and the children we serve face many crises an

New Year, New Groundwork Advisory Committee

This fall, we opened applications for Groundwork's Advisory Committee. Members of the Advisory Committee are trusted to provide insights on the needs of young children and families in Ohio and advance Groundwork’s mission to champion high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies. After receiving an overwhelming (but exciting) response of applicants for the Committee, we are happy to announce our 2020 Advisory Committee members! The Committee members listed below have a total of 779 years in combined experience and represent 62 Ohio counties. Melissa Bacon, Government Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement, Office of Policy at OCALI Pat Bebo, Assistant Director, Family and Consum

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