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Elevate Our State's Early Education Workforce Needs

Earlier this month, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT), headed by Lt. Governor Jon Husted, released an In-Demand Jobs survey, which will be used to direct the state’s workforce development efforts in the coming years. This is a great opportunity to advance conversations on the state-level around supporting those working in the early learning and development space and we urge you to complete the survey and to share it with friends and colleagues in the field. With a large groundswell of participation from employers of Ohio's early education workforce, we can make workforce development efforts in the early learning and development space a top priority for the OWT moving forward. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and requires:

  • Your organization's federal EIN (survey can be completed once for each EIN)

  • The positions you’ll be hiring for in the coming years (access early education workforce codes here before starting the survey)

  • Forecast Area (statewide, region, or county—you can select multiple forecast areas if necessary)

  • The number of employees you’ll be hiring in each position over the next five years.

  • Minimum education level

  • Desired level of experience

  • Required credentials

  • Required skills

You’ll be asked to fill out a separate section for each type of position (e.g. director, lead teacher, assistant teacher, home visitor, etc.). The survey deadline is September 30, 2019.

Questions about completing the survey? Contact Vanessa Butler at


Groundwork Ohio Announces Fall Webinar Series on Early Childhood Mental Health

Groundwork is excited to host a new webinar series focused on Early Childhood Mental Health. Join us to learn more about early childhood mental health and expand your understanding of your role in elevating this critical work!

The first webinar of the series, "Ohio Early Childhood Mental Health: What do developmental milestones tell us?" by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), will be held on September 19, 2019 from 1-2 PM.

The second webinar, "Ohio Early Childhood Mental Health: A Policy Overview," will be held September 26, 2019 from 1-2 PM with presenter Cindy Oser.

Stay tuned for more opportunities to engage and learn about Early Childhood Mental Health from Groundwork Ohio!


Join the Groundwork Ohio Advisory Committee

Groundwork Ohio is seeking applications for our 2020-2021 Advisory Committee. Members of the Advisory Committee are trusted to provide insights on the needs of young children and families in Ohio and advance Groundwork’s mission to champion high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies. We are committed to ensuring committee membership reflects the diversity of race, geography, gender, age, experience, expertise, and more that exists within Ohio’s child-serving systems. Members of the Groundwork Ohio Advisory Committee:

  • Provide valuable field input and expertise to help inform Groundwork’s understanding of policy implications

  • Serve as a resource for Groundwork research projects and advocacy efforts based on field and systems experience in the early childhood sector

  • Support Groundwork by promoting engagement opportunities, attending events, and facilitating connections with other child advocates

  • Participate in quarterly in-person meetings

  • Contribute organizational time and resources to Groundwork and support efforts to advance our mission.

We hope you will consider applying to serve on the Advisory Committee and share your valuable insights with our team! Applications are due by November 1, 2019.


Updates from Groundwork Partners

We work closely with early learning and development organizations across the state who are dedicated to ensuring Ohio's young children get the strong start they need to succeed. Check out what some of our awesome partners are up to this month! Introducing Learning Grove On August 23rd, Cincinnati Early Learning Centers and Children, Inc. announced that they will merge and form a new agency, Learning Grove. The organizations hope to increase the impact they have in the region by serving more children, supporting more families, investing in our workforce and advocating for the success of every child. Learn more. No Small Matter Screening in Central Ohio Action for Children and South Side Early Learning have partnered to host a free screening of No Small Matter, a documentary that shares powerful stories and stunning truths about the human capacity for early intelligence and the potential for quality early care and education to benefit America’s social and economic future. Following the film, there will be a brief Q&A with Producer Greg Jacobs about the film and the promise of early learning. Register now to attend the screening on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 7-9 PM at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Join Every Child Succeeds to Celebrate 20 Years of Supporting Families Every Child Succeeds is celebrating 20 years of helping new moms and their families raise successful thriving children in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Join ECS in celebrating by participating in their Strollerthon 5K/1-Mile Family Stroll on October 19 at Otto Armleder Park in Cincinnati. Register here.

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