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Week of April 8th Round-Up

Join Groundwork's Family Celebration at the Ohio Statehouse on May 18th!

At Groundwork Ohio, we believe Ohio families, parents, and caregivers with young children deserve to be respected, valued, heard…and celebrated!

That’s why we’re inviting Ohio families, early childhood professionals, advocates, community leaders, and policymakers like YOU to join us Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 12:30PM ET to 2:00PM ET on the West Lawn of the Ohio Statehouse for Groundwork's Family Celebration, a kid-friendly event celebrating families with infants, toddlers, and young children.

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


New Blog: Quality Early Learning Out of Reach for Many Ohio Families

This week, Groundwork Ohio published a blog by Lynanne Gutierrez, Groundwork's Chief Operating & Policy Officer. In the blog, Lynanne takes a deeper look at data from our new Early Childhood Dashboard Preview and reflects on what the data tell us about access to quality early learning opportunities in Ohio.

As Lynanne shares in the blog, nearly all working parents, regardless of income, struggle to find affordable, quality child care. But for families living with low incomes, the ability to access quality early learning opportunities is even more difficult. Ensuring every working family has the choice to access quality early learning opportunities for their children is a wise and successful public investment that supports Ohioans today and secures a strong future for Ohio’s workforce.


Ready, Set, Soar Ohio to Publish Blog Series on Black Maternal Health Week

Mark your calendars: Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) is April 11-17, 2022! Founded and led by Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Black Maternal Health Week is a week of awareness and community building intended to deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the United States; amplify community-driven policy, research, and care solutions; center the voices of Black mothers, women, families, and stakeholders; and more.

In celebration of Black Maternal Health Week, Ready, Set, Soar Ohio – a prenatal-to-3 coalition led by Groundwork Ohio – will be publishing a guest blog series throughout BMHW highlighting the incredible work of local organizations in Ohio that are committed to advancing health equity and improving outcomes for Black mothers and infants.

Be sure to follow Ready, Set, Soar Ohio on Twitter and Facebook, and visit next week to read the blog series!


Groundwork Ohio's Reem Aly Named to Health Impact Ohio Board

Join us in congratulating Reem Aly, Groundwork's Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer, for being named to Health Impact Ohio's Board of Directors!

As Dan Paoletti, President of the Board of Directors at Health Impact Ohio, stated in the announcement: “Health Impact Ohio is excited to welcome Reem Aly to the board and engage the unique perspective she brings around early childhood learning and health development, maternal and young child health, health value data, and healthcare policy, along with her project proven commitment to health equity."

Congratulations, Reem!


You're Invited to OAEYC's 2022 Ohio Early Childhood Conference

The Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children is excited to invite you to the 2022 Ohio Early Childhood Conference! The virtual conference will be held April 27-30 and will be available with unlimited on-demand access to sessions until May 31st. As always, Ohio Approved Credit will be available.

During the conference, you'll connect with other early childhood professionals to share your challenges and discover solutions; learn from the nation's leading trainers, authors, and advocates on the business of family child care; and invest in your professional growth!

This conference offers access to roughly 100 sessions covering a diverse range of topics, including a session led by Groundwork Ohio on advocacy and communications! You can learn more about the conferencing, including available sessions, by clicking here.


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