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Join Us for a Child Care Round Table Discussion with Congressman Troy Balderson

You’re invited to join us for a child care round table discussion with Congressman Troy Balderson this Thursday, July 23rd from 9-9:45 AM.  During the webinar, participants will share their experiences and concerns with Congressman Balderson, along with the critical need to support child care during the COVID-19 recovery. Round table participants will include:

  • Leigh Anne Easterling, Mary Evans Child Development Center

  • Eric Karolak, Action for Children

  • Kimberly Tice, Ohio AEYC

The discussion will be facilitated by Shannon Jones, Executive Director of Groundwork Ohio. We invite you to join us in watching the live discussion and submitting your questions and feedback through the chat box function. 


Starting today, Congress will be in D.C. for the next two weeks to consider additional federal relief funding and to voting on legislation such as the Child Care is Essential Act. Once these two weeks are over, Congress will return home for recess during the entire month of August. If Congress does not act to provide the child care industry with $50 billion in emergency relief funding over these two weeks, Ohio's child care industry will collapse.  We need your help. Last week, Ohioans sent nearly 2,000 messages urging Ohio's Representatives and Senators to support child care and these messages are being heard loud and clear. The momentum to fund child care in the upcoming funding package is building both sides of the aisle. We need you to continue to put pressure on Congress urging them to make child care a top priority in funding bills, even if you have already reached out to your members in the past. Here's 4 simple and quick ways you can help in getting out the message that child care needs immediate financial relief:

  1. Send a pre-drafted email to Congress by clicking here

  2. Tweet at your members of Congress by using this message

  3. Call your members of Congress by using this phone script

  4. Tell all your friends by using our social media toolkit filled with sample emails to parents and community partners, a QR code for pick-up and drop off, blogs, tweets, and graphics

Ohio's children, families, providers, economy and future relies on a thriving child care industry. Even if you have already reached out in the past, we need you to reach out to your members once again. Being a child care advocate has never been easier -- just click the button below.


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