Groundwork’s Steering Committee held it's fall quarterly meeting yesterday and was honored to host Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) as their legislative guest. Senator Sykes, who serves as the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Education Committee and a member of the Joint Education Oversight Committee among others, shared his passion and perspective on early childhood education policy. He shares Groundwork's drive to increase investments in quality early childhood programs and getting it to the children who need it the most. Senator Sykes also spoke to the knowledge gap experienced by parents and caregivers who want the best for their children but often don't understand the importance of early learning to inform their choices when building a strong foundation for their child. Parent engagement is critical to supporting our quality early childhood education system.