"Follow the science, and act early to improve the lives of children at risk, or living in the toxic stress of severe poverty. DeWine has made such efforts a leading priority. The task now is ensuring that the first state budget of his tenure includes the necessary commitment.” -Akron Beacon Journal Editorial Board
Diverse stakeholders from across Ohio have made their priorities clear--it's time to invest in quality early learning. Groundwork Ohio is committed to advancing these priorities in the upcoming FY 20-21 budget process and has been hard at work meeting with legislators to share the ways they can support quality early education programs for our most at-risk kids in the upcoming budget. Check out our latest legislator-focused resource to learn more about Groundwork's budget priorities and the strong case for investing in quality early learning in Ohio.
Where do Ohio babies stand?
The 12 million infants and toddlers in the U.S. are our next generation of parents, leaders, and workers. Yet far too many face persistent hardships that undermine their development. This week, ZERO TO THREE released the State of Babies Yearbook: 2019. This first of its kind Yearbook compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of America's babies to help policymakers and advocates advance policies and budgets that put babies and families first.