Op-ed: Parents are telling us what they need to get back to work: Fix child (The Columbus Dispatch)

By: Shannon Jones, Groundwork Ohio President & CEO Access article


Ohio is facing dual crises: a workforce crisis and a child care crisis.


Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, working parents’ lack of access to affordable, quality child care is directly impacting their ability to work.


In turn, workforce shortages are hampering our business and economic recovery.


A new statewide poll commissioned by Groundwork Ohio and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, one of the nation's leading public opinion research firms, shows that if we don’t address our child care crisis, Ohio’s economy will continue to suffer.


Without access to affordable, quality child care and early education, families are struggling under enormous pressure.


Our poll found that more than four in 10 working parents with children under the age of 5 have had to cut back on work hours to care for their children in recent months.


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