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Welcoming Groundwork Ohio's Newest Staff Member

Groundwork Ohio is pleased to welcome Vanessa Butler, our newly appointed Policy Associate! Vanessa has maintained a professional career dedicated to public service. Prior to joining Groundwork, Vanessa served as the Civil Fellow for the Ohio State University’s Student Legal Services. She also previously served as a Deputy Auditor for the Board of Revision in the Franklin County Auditor’s office for five years. In addition, she has held internships that helped mold her professional foundation, such as a legislative internship in the office of former Senator Ray Miller, an internship in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office civil division, as well as an externship in the Columbus City Schools’ legal office. Vanessa holds a B.A. in Political Science from Denison University and a Juris Doctorate from Capital Law School. While in law school, she maintained her commitment to service in the school’s community. She served as President of the Black Law Student Association, as well as Vice President of the Christian Legal Society. She was also recognized as a Marshall Brennan Fellow, a recipient of the David D. White Scholarship, as well as a past participant of the Columbus Bar Association’s Minority Clerkship Program. Through the Minority Clerkship Program, Vanessa clerked for the Ohio State University’s Student Legal Services. She currently serves on the board of directors for the W.O.R.T.H. Foundation, a non-profit organization geared toward providing civic and leadership-based initiatives for the Columbus community. Vanessa was also recognized in the 11th edition of Who’s Who in Black Columbus. We are thrilled to have Vanessa as part of the Groundwork team!


Understanding quality in Ohio's early learning programs

Ohio's Step Up to Quality Rating and Improvement System outlines evidence-based standards and practices that improve outcomes for kids. But what does quality look like at Ohio's early learning centers? Check out what the YMCA Hilltop Educare Center is doing to ensure quality early education.


Groundwork Ohio on The Sound of Ideas

This week, Groundwork Ohio was featured on Ideastream's "The Sound of Ideas" Monday morning show with Governor-elect DeWine's Director of Children's Initiatives LeeAnne Cornyn and PRE4CLE's Executive Director Katie Kelly. Check out the show here.


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