Laying a Strong Foundation

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Groundwork works to educate key decision makers in our state about the importance of quality, early learning and healthy development as the most transformative strategy to increase the life-long success of Ohio's children and lay a strong foundation for economic prosperity in our state. 


We understand that our state’s economic success is linked to a productive workforce and secure, welcoming communities. What is not widely understood, however, is how much Ohio’s economy is influenced by the health and development of our youngest children who, in a matter of years, will be our workforce.

This is why so many renowned economists, business leaders and public safety officials understand that early learning and healthy development are a foundation for community and economic development, as capable children become the foundation of a prosperous and sustainable society.

The early years are a critical time when neurological connections create the foundation for future intellectual, emotional, social and physical development. Like building a new house or office building, establishing a strong foundation will determine the likelihood of success in the development, learning and behavior that will follow. Our brains develop through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Cognitive, emotional, and social capacities are inextricably intertwined, and learning, behavior and physical and mental health are all inter-related over the course of our lifetimes. Getting everything right the first time is easier and less costly than trying to fix it later.

Our Current  Initiatives



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Check out some of Groundwork Ohio's advocacy initiatives including our Laying the Groundwork Summit, Budget Advocacy, and Gubernatorial Advocacy.

Early Childhood Race & Rural Equity Report

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We are taking action by publishing a report to bring a greater understanding among policymakers and stakeholders of how race and location matters to the policies, institutions and systems that shape the future for children and families in Ohio.

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