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Week of April 1st Round-Up

You're Invited: Join Ohio Families at Groundwork's Family Celebration!

Ohio families, parents, and caregivers with infants and young children deserve to be respected, valued, heard…and celebrated!Join us Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 12:30PM ET to 2:00PM ET outside the Ohio Statehouse for Groundwork Ohio’s Family Celebration, a kid-friendly celebration of families with infants, toddlers, and young children.

At the Family Celebration, you’ll join hundreds of Ohioans from across the state to show your support for parents, families, and caregivers to Ohio’s youngest children. You’ll also cheer on members of Groundwork Ohio’s Family Action Network, who will be at the Statehouse the morning of May 18th to share their stories with state legislators!

We need your help to spread the word! We want a huge showing of support for parents, families, and caregivers of Ohio’s youngest children. We ask that you:

  1. RSVP to and attend the Family Celebration

  2. Personally invite 5 of your friends, community members, and partners to RSVP to the Family Celebration

  3. Promote the Family Celebration on social media and to your networks by using our promotional toolkit


Upcoming Deadline: Apply to be Our Director of the Center for Family Voice

Groundwork Ohio is seeking applicants to join our team as the Director of the Center for Family Voice! The deadline to apply is Monday, April 4th.

The Center for Family Voice at Groundwork Ohio is dedicated to authentically engaging Ohio parents and families with young children in the policies and practices that impact the healthy development of their children. The Director of the Center for Family Voice will oversee Center activities and drive the Center’s work to elevate the voices of families with young children in early childhood policy and advocacy to achieve programmatic, policy, and practice changes at local, regional, and state levels.

Check out the job description for more information on this exciting new role and how to apply!


Quality Child Care: An Investment in Families, Children, and the Economy

Solving Ohio’s child care crisis is critical to families and young children. It’s also essential to the success of our small businesses and economy.

This week, Groundwork Ohio President & CEO Shannon Jones co-authored an op-ed with Janetta King, Midwest Regional Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices, on the important role quality child care plays in supporting Ohio's workforce and small businesses. As Shannon and Janetta write in the Cincinnati Enquirer, small business owners and parents alike know that quality, affordable child care is key to addressing Ohio's workforce challenges.

Policymakers at all levels of government must invest in high-quality child care so that Ohio’s families, small businesses and economy can thrive!


Ohio's Extension of Postpartum Health Coverage Takes Effect TODAY!

We're pleased to share some exciting news: Starting today, Medicaid-eligible pregnant women in Ohio now have access to a full year of health care coverage postpartum!

Last year, as part of Ohio's biennial state budget, state policymakers and Governor DeWine approved a provision that extends postpartum coverage for Medicaid-eligible pregnant women from 60 days to 12 months. The extended period aligns a mother's health coverage with that of her infant, ensuring both have access to continuous, uninterrupted care.

During the state budget process, Groundwork Ohio called on policymakers to extend postpartum coverage for Medicaid-eligible women to 12 months. The extended coverage period will play a crucial role in addressing Ohio's infant and maternal mortality crisis, improving health outcomes for moms and babies.


Share Your Feedback on Our Early Childhood Dashboard Preview

Ensuring Ohio’s youngest children are healthy and ready to learn requires having data to evaluate progress. That's why Groundwork Ohio is developing a first-of-its kind Early Childhood Dashboard to more fully examine the factors and outcomes required to achieve equity and lay a strong foundation for young children. The Dashboard, which will be released in early 2023, will be a tool to track Ohio’s performance and to catalyze action for our youngest children.

Last month, we released our Early Childhood Dashboard Preview outlining Ohio’s performance on 20 key early childhood metrics such as early learning access, kindergarten readiness, poverty, prenatal care, well-child visits, and more. The Dashboard Preview is a precursor to the comprehensive Dashboard we will be releasing next year.

We want to hear from you! Groundwork Ohio is gathering feedback on our Dashboard Preview to inform development of the 2023 Dashboard. We invite you to explore our Dashboard Preview and share your reactions and feedback.


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