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Week of December 24th Round-Up

BREAKING NEWS: Ohio Legislators, Governor DeWine Approve Child Care Relief Funds

Today, Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio House Bill 169, which allocates more than $650 million in federal relief funds to Ohio child care programs to help stabilize the state’s child care industry. These funds will provide much-needed relief to Ohio’s child care providers, who have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic yet are doing all they can to keep their doors open for the families and communities they serve.

Importantly, Governor DeWine also line-item vetoed a harmful last-minute provision in the bill that threatened Ohio’s quality child care system. Ohio’s quality child care system gives parents the tools they need to make decisions about the quality care they want, need, and deserve.

Send a thank you email to Governor DeWine for standing with Ohio’s children, parents, and child care professionals!

Groundwork Ohio Wishes You a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

The Groundwork Ohio team wishes you and your family a safe and joyous holiday season. We are grateful for your commitment to Ohio's youngest children and look forward to our continued partnership in the New Year!


Join Us for a Webinar to Learn More About Our Family Action Network

At Groundwork Ohio, we believe that parents and families are the experts of their own experiences and know what their babies and toddlers need to thrive. That’s why earlier this year, we launched the Center for Family Voice, an innovative “center of excellence” designed to empower families to engage in the policymaking process and help shape the development of early childhood policies.

As part of this work, Groundwork Ohio is building a statewide Family Action Network, a powerful and diverse coalition of Ohio families from across the state who will be provided accessible trainings, regular programming, and opportunities to engage with policymakers on an ongoing basis.

On Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 11:00AM, please join us for a webinar to learn more about our Family Action Network and how you can be engaged in this important work. During the webinar, we'll walk you through our plans to build the Family Action Network, discuss how you can support the development of the Family Action Network, and share exciting details of a launch event we're hosting at the Ohio Statehouse in May 2022!


Announcing Our 2022 Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship Cohort

This week, Groundwork Ohio announced the incoming 2022 cohort of its third annual Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship program. The Fellowship is designed to provide Ohio early childhood professionals the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills, engage with thought-leaders and policymakers to advance quality early learning and health, and take steps to create state-, local-, and community-level change for young children in Ohio.

The 2022 cohort comprises of 33 professionals spanning a wide variety of home-based and center-based child care providers; home visitors; child development specialists; child welfare professionals; early childhood mental health providers; preschool educators; maternal, infant and early childhood health professionals; higher education professionals; and more.

Congratulations to the 2022 Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship cohort!


Job Opportunity: The Black Child Development Institute – Cleveland

The Black Child Development Institute – Cleveland, an affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute, seeks a seasoned professional to serve as its Policy Advisor to lead the organization's policy portfolio to improve the education, health, and economic wellbeing of children and families in Cleveland and throughout Ohio.

The Policy Advisor will be responsible for the development of short and long-term policy goals, research, data analysis, crafting of policy recommendations, educational meetings with policymakers and staff, writing policy materials, making oral presentations at advocacy coalitions and with policy stakeholders, and conducting other advocacy strategies that improve the well-being of Black children and families in Ohio.

To learn more about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.


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