Groundwork Ohio examined equity for Ohio’s children in the Early Childhood Race & Rural Equity Report by focusing on race, rural geography and socioeconomic status to tell a more complete story of the disparities experienced among Ohio’s youngest learners. Many more social factors, however, combine, overlap and intersect to impact child outcomes and student performance. One of these factors is gender. Our latest resource builds upon the Equity Report to further examine student performance through a race and gender equity lens.
Early childhood education is a powerful prevention policy for Ohio's most at-risk kids. Comprehensive high-quality early childhood education has significant benefits for both males and females. At-risk children who have access to high-quality early childhood experiences within their first five years of life are more likely to be kindergarten ready, graduate from high school, and have higher earnings and better health AND are less likely to be held back a grade, be reliant on public assistance, and engage in criminal behavior. These improved outcomes not only position our youngest Ohioans for lifelong success, but providing high-quality, early childhood education for Ohio’s most at-risk children yields the greatest return on public investment, upwards of 13%. Check out our latest resource to learn more about early childhood equity at the intersection of race and gender.
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Happy 15th Anniversary to PNC Grow Up Great
This week we are celebrating with our friends at PNC Bank on the 15th anniversary of their Grow Up Great initiative, which has been working since 2004 to help children from birth through age five develop a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime. On this exciting anniversary, PNC has announced an additional $150 million investment and is hosting the Great Big Book Drive through April 30, 2019! Every PNC branch will collect donations of new and gently used books for children birth to age 5. Donated books will be distributed to early learning organizations across PNC communities. Just look for the book donation bins that will be available at every PNC Bank branch!
We are also excited to share a recent video from one of Ohio's own PNC Regional Presidents, David Melin, who spoke at TEDxDayton in February on the importance of investing in quality early learning for our most at-risk kids. Click below to check out the video! Thanks, as always, to our friends at PNC for their fierce, sustained commitment to Ohio kids!
Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague Announces ResultsOHIO Initiative
Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague last week announced plans to establish the ResultsOHIO fund to support pay for success initiatives aimed at tackling Ohio’s most pressing public policy issues, including infant mortality.
Groundwork Ohio applauds Treasurer Sprague’s commitment to support innovative strategies deeply grounded in evidence to address some of the greatest challenges facing our communities at a time where public resources are limited. By bringing together the strengths and resources of the public and private sectors, with rigorous accountability and discipline on moving outcomes, this new initiative can improve the health and well-being of our most vulnerable learners.
If you attend the Ohio Early Childhood Conference, you will:
Connect with like-minded early childhood professionals to share your challenges & discover solutions
Learn from the nation's leading trainers, authors, and advocates on the business of family child care!
Invest in your professional growth. As a small business owner, your expenses for registration fees and travel may be tax-deductible when itemizing your taxes. Check with your tax professional for details.
Relax! Being an early childhood professional is hard work! We think you deserve some time for…You! Kalahari is the perfect chance to relax and have fun at the same time!
Use the code "Groundwork" to get a $25 discount on your registration today. We hope to see you there!