A Year in Review: Big Steps Forward for Ohio's Littlest Learners in 2019

As the year (and decade) comes to an end, we can't help but reflect on all the exciting things that happened in 2019 at Groundwork. We are so grateful to have a fantastic group of advocates (like you!) who have helped us this past year to advance early childhood policies. While 2019 is almost over, we do have a lot of exciting things planned for 2020. But first, check out some of our biggest highlights from 2019 and join us in celebrating a great year! Moving on Up This year we were excited to add two new staff members to our team and expand our capacity substantially. Now, we are a small (but mighty) team of five! Due to our recent team expansion, we were bursting at the seams and moved to

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

This week, 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. In the report, Ohio is highlighted for not only having a higher uninsured rate than the national average, but also for having a substantial increase in the number of uninsured children under 6 from 2016 to 2018. Across the U.S., the national average of uninsured children under the age of 6 is 4.3

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

Columbus, Ohio: Today, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families released a report showing that more children under the age of 6 in Ohio are uninsured and are falling through the cracks in the state’s Medicaid program. Ohio stands out on nearly every measure trending in the wrong direction in the report, titled “Nation’s Youngest Children Lose Health Coverage at an Alarming Rate.” The rate of uninsured Ohio 0-6 year olds went from 3.6% in 2016 to 5% in 2018, reversing a longstanding positive trend. Ohio increased from 29,820 to 41,642 uninsured 0-6 year olds, a 39.6% change over the course of only two years. “This trend is deeply disturbing because we know children exper

Groundwork Welcomes New Policy Associate Alex Fisher

This week, the Groundwork staff was excited to welcome the newest addition to our team—Alex Fisher! Alex 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. Alex received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Akron in the Spring of 2019 while serving as Page for Ohio Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron). Alex’s passion for children extends beyond his professional career in his role as co-founder of S.E.E. Ourselves, a non-profit organization exposing children of color to higher education through S.T.E.M. programs in

Groundwork Ohio Announces New Policy Associate

Columbus, Ohio: Today, Groundwork Ohio announced the appointment of Alexander Fisher as its newest Policy Associate. “I am thrilled to be a part of the Groundwork team as we strive to advance strategies that support early learning and healthy development for young children in Ohio. I am excited to contribute to the incredible reputation and body of work of the organization as the leading advocate for Ohio’s youngest children and their families,” said Fisher. Alex received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Akron in the Spring of 2019 while serving as Page for Ohio Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron). Alex’s passion for children extends beyond his professional career in his role as

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