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Working Toward a Common Goal

This week, Groundwork Ohio presented to a joint meeting of United Way of Summit County's executive and public policy committees. United Way of Summit County's bold goals, which include ensuring that 65% of Akron Public Schools third-graders are reading at or above grade level and increasing the 4-year high school graduation rate for Akron Public Schools to 90% with 60% college/career ready, are closely linked to the proven outcomes of providing quality early childhood education. Groundwork shared its 2018 strategies and offered its expertise in the field of early childhood education to support United Way of Summit County's bold goals and to create a meaningful relationship between the two organizations.


MIECHV is a cornerstone of evidence-based public policy with bipartisan support that provides funding for states, territories, and tribal entities—including Ohio—to develop and implement voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs that improve outcomes for at-risk children and families. Learn more here.


Ohio’s goal is that by 2025, 65% of all working-age adults will have a degree or credential. Currently, just 44% of Ohioans have a 2- or 4-year degree or a work-related certificate. Join us for a day focused on raising educational attainment to ensure Ohio can compete. Speakers will include State Sen. Peggy Lehner, Chair of the Ohio Senate Education Committee, Jim Tressel, President, Youngstown State University, and Eric Hanushek, Stanford University economist. After the event, Sen. Lehner will chair a Senate Education Committee hearing on "Connecting the Dots from Cradle-to-Career" where Groundwork Executive Director Shannon Jones will testify along with other business and community leaders. Click here to register for the event.


Ohio Business Leaders, Did You Know... Only 40% of Ohio children enter kindergarten ready to learn? This results in only 43% of our adult workforce having a post-secondary degree or credential qualifying them for an available job. Learn why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and our business community care about the indisputable connection between kindergarten readiness and career readiness by joining us at one of our Breakfast Briefings for Business Leaders. Click here to learn more and register.

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