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Groundwork Applauds Governor DeWine’s Bold Commitment to Equity

Columbus, Ohio: Today, Groundwork Ohio applauded Governor DeWine’s recognition of a fundamental truth that is long overdue for public discussion in our state—there are significant racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities that will not be eradicated without intentional policy and targeted investments.

“The research is clear: disparities in outcomes based on race, zip code, and economic status begin in the earliest years of a child’s life and persist and grow into adulthood,” said Shannon Jones, executive director of Groundwork Ohio. “We look forward to working with Governor DeWine to advance policies that close these gaps where they begin by responding to the needs of our most vulnerable pregnant women, infants, and toddlers.”

As a result of lessons learned in its groundbreaking Ohio Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity project, Groundwork launched Ready, Set, Soar Ohio, a new initiative supported by a diverse, statewide coalition to ensure that more pregnant women, infants, toddlers and their families have access to the support they need to soar to their full potential.

Groundwork Ohio is a committed, nonpartisan public-policy research and advocacy organization formed in 2004 that champions high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies from the prenatal period to age five, that lay a strong foundation for Ohio kids, families and communities.

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