Ready, Set, Soar Ohio Launch

This week, Groundwork Ohio launched Ready, Set, Soar Ohio, a new initiative supported by a diverse, statewide coalition to ensure that more pregnant women, infants, toddlers and their families have access to the support they need to soar to their full potential. Investing in high-quality early childhood education and health interventions during this critical period has the power to lift up all Ohio children, ensuring they are more likely to be kindergarten ready, graduate from high school, have higher earnings and better health. These prevention strategies also promise to keep Ohio children from being held back a grade, reliant on public assistance and engaging in criminal behavior. Investin

Statewide Coalition Launches Initiative to Make Ohio the Best State for Our Youngest Children

Columbus, Ohio: Today Groundwork Ohio launched Ready, Set, Soar Ohio, a new initiative supported by a diverse, statewide coalition to ensure that more pregnant women, infants, toddlers and their families have access to the support they need to soar to their full potential. “Ready, Set, Soar Ohio was developed by multi-sector stakeholders to build awareness about the importance of the earliest years of a child’s life,” said Shannon Jones, executive director of Groundwork Ohio. “Through our research we found one fundamental truth: Our greatest opportunity to close gaps, whether in health or educational outcomes, is where they begin -- during the first three years of a child’s life when 80 perc

Join Us for the Ready, Set, Soar Ohio Launch!

We are launching an exciting new initiative next Wednesday at the Statehouse and would love for you to join our Facebook Live event! During the event, we will be joined by over 45 coalition members and speakers from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Ohio Chapter; OCALI; Dayton Children's Hospital; The Centers for Families and Children; Learning Grove; and Kiddie Academy. Tune in at 10 AM on February 26th via Facebook Live for our Statehouse press conference to learn more about Groundwork's exciting new initiative! OCALICON Call for Proposals is Now Open​ Help inspire change and promote access by bringing your best ideas, strategies, and research to the nation's premier autism and disabilit

Promoting Early Literacy Through the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library

The foundational skills that support strong reading and writing are developed long before a child enters kindergarten. Starting at birth, loving interactions with adults, sharing books, and telling stories help lay the groundwork for strong language and literacy as a child grows. When a child engages with their caregiver through books, it not only teaches children the excitement of reading, but also expands their vocabulary, builds connections between pictures and words, and supports a healthy relationship between the child and caregiver. The Imagination Library is now available in 56 counties, meaning more than 130,000 children ages 0-5 are now eligible to receive a free monthly book! The O

Uninsured Rates for Children Under Age 6 in Ohio Reveals Cracks in the Foundation of Medicaid

At the end of 2019, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families released a report, titled "Nation's Youngest Children Lose Health Coverage at an Alarming Rate." The report shows that nationwide, the rate of uninsured children under the age of 6 has significantly increased since 2016. This increase comes as a surprise after years of a steady decrease in the number of children who are uninsured. “This trend is deeply disturbing because we know children experience rapid brain development during the earliest years of life, before they start kindergarten,” said Shannon Jones, Executive Director of Groundwork Ohio. “We have a critical and narrow window of time to build a healthy fou

Unearthing Fairness During Black History Month

In 1976, as a part of the nation’s bicentennial, Black history “Week” was expanded to month. During this year’s Black History Month, Groundwork is taking time to reflect on the progress that has been made over the past several decades and the many challenges and inequities still present in our state. Although progress has been made since the establishment of Black History Month nearly half a century ago, there is still much that needs to be done to achieve equitable outcomes for all Ohioans. One inequality that is especially appalling is the large disparity in preterm birth rates for African American babies. The preterm birth rate is significantly higher for African American children than ba

Groundwork Announces First Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship Cohort of 2020

This past weekend, Groundwork hosted its first Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship session for the Fellowship's 2020 Cohort. The Fellowship was designed to provide early education and health professionals from across the state with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, engage with thought-leaders and policymakers to advance quality early learning and health, and take steps to create state-, local-, and community-level change for young children in Ohio. Fellows engage in a hybrid curriculum designed to build upon leadership and communications skills, expand knowledge around the landscape of Ohio’s early childhood systems, and empower participants to take on leadership roles in their

Groundwork's New Advisory Committee is Now in Full Swing

This week, the Groundwork Advisory Committee met for our first meeting of 2020. While some faces were familiar, we also welcomed many new members to the group this year! During the meeting, Groundwork provided an overview of the great things we have in store for the upcoming year and heard from members about the activities they have planned in their communities. We were also fortunate to participate in an implicit bias training facilitated by the Kirwan Institute For The Study Of Race And Ethnicity. (Interested in learning more about the Kirwan Institute's trainings? Check out their website.) There are a lot of BIG things in the works at Groundwork and all over the state to support Ohio's

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