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Week of December 10th Round-Up

POLL: Access to Quality Child Care is Key to Getting Ohioans Back to Work

The child care crisis has kept many parents – particularly mothers with young children – out of the workforce, hampering Ohio’s business and economic recovery. This week, Groundwork Ohio released a new poll of Ohio voters and parents with children under the age of 5, which shows that access to quality, affordable child care is key to getting Ohioans back to work.

Our new poll demonstrates that parents with young children make a direct connection between child care and the ability to work and provide for their families. Parents, especially moms, are telling us they need quality, affordable child care to return to work.

If policymakers want to solve Ohio’s workforce crisis now and in the future, they must listen to the experts – parents!

Help us spread the word! Share the key findings from our new poll by downloading our social media toolkit (click here).


Want to Learn More About Our New Poll? Join Our Webinar!

On Wednesday, December 15 at 11:00 AM ET, Groundwork Ohio will host a webinar to discuss key findings and takeaways from our new statewide poll that shows access to quality child care and early childhood education is vital to addressing Ohio’s workforce crisis.

You're invited to join us! During the webinar, you'll have the opportunity to dive deeper into our poll results and hear experts share what the findings mean for our state moving forward.


NEW RESOURCE: 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy

This week, the Alliance for Early Success released its annual 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy, a comprehensive resource that offers a look at each state's early childhood policy landscape and progress.

In the Alliance's 50-state progress report, you’ll see the policy wins states were able to achieve in 2021, as well as the evolution and trajectory of each state’s early childhood policy climate.

The report also shares how Groundwork Ohio and our state’s network of early childhood advocates launched a robust education and advocacy effort to ensure that Ohio’s pregnant women, infants, and toddlers remained a priority throughout the year.


The White House Hosts First-Ever Maternal Health Day of Action

On Tuesday, the White House hosted its first-ever Maternal Health Day of Action. In addition to substantial investments proposed in the Build Back Better Act, the Biden-Harris Administration also announced new commitments to support safe pregnancies and childbirth, and reduce complications and infant and maternal mortality in the year following birth.

As a recent March of Dimes report shows, Ohio continues to face a maternal and infant health crisis. Fortunately, earlier this year, Ohio policymakers extended postpartum coverage for Medicaid-eligible women from 60 days to 12 months. This progress will help ensure that roughly 10,000 additional Ohio women will maintain access to the critical health services they need after pregnancy.

As part of the White House Maternal Health Day of Action, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to states implementing 12 months of postpartum Medicaid coverage. Check out this resource from Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families to learn more.


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