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Congratulations, Stephanie Byrd!

Groundwork Team,

This week, we are happy to congratulate Stephanie Byrd, Co-Chair of the Groundwork Ohio Executive Committee, on her new position as CEO of the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross. As Stephanie embarks on this new role, I want to take a moment to express my appreciation for her many years of service to Groundwork Ohio and her dedication to advancing early childhood learning throughout the state.

For the past 15 years, Stephanie has been a passionate leader for early childhood initiatives at United Way of Greater Cincinnati. During her time with UWGC, she served as a key advocate in passing Issue 44 (a local tax levy that funded quality preschool for Cincinnati’s most at-risk kids), took the helm as the first Executive Director for Cincinnati Preschool Promise, and led the organization’s Success By 6 kindergarten readiness initiative as the Senior Vice President of Early Learning Strategies. Her contributions to quality early childhood education initiatives in the Greater Cincinnati area will continue to impact kids long after her tenure with United Way.

In addition to her local work, Stephanie currently serves on the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and co-chairs the Groundwork Ohio Executive Committee. Her expertise in early childhood programs and kindergarten readiness have made her an invaluable member of both groups, helping to guide the strategic advancement of Ohio’s early learning.

On a personal note, I have learned a lot from Stephanie — about both early childhood education and leadership in general. I will miss her thoughtful insights greatly.

As Stephanie begins her role as CEO with the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross, we wish her the best of luck and look forward to supporting her as she continues to transform the well-being of the Cincinnati and Dayton regions.

Warm personal regards,

Shannon Jones Executive Director, Groundwork Ohio



Invest in Children's Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 22nd | 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Holiday Inn, Rockside in Independence, OH

As a Federal Reserve Economist, Featured Keynote Presenter Art Rolnick conducted groundbreaking research on the economic impact of early childhood programs and help change the conversation on the benefits of investment in programs for young children. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.


HPIO's Social Determinants of Infant Mortality Webinar

Tuesday, April 10 | 11:30 am.

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio is hosting a webinar on key findings and recommendations from their report, A New Approach to Reduce Infant Mortality and Achieve Equity: Policy Recommendations to Improve Housing, Transportation, Education and Employment.


Voices for Ohio's Children is hosting Celebration for Ohio's Children!

April 13, 2018 | 8-9:30 AM

Jerry Sue Thornton Conference Center 2500 E 22nd St., Cleveland, OH 44115

The Voices Team and a supportive cross-section of children’s advocates, policymakers, and community business members will gather in Voices’ hometown of Cleveland for this special annual breakfast event, where we highlight Voices' successes and recognize Champions for Children. Click here to register.

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