August 30, 2019

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....

August 23, 2019

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 Medi...

August 16, 2019

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 imple...

August 15, 2019

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 i...

August 9, 2019

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...

August 9, 2019

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...

August 3, 2019

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...

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