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Week of December 30th Round-Up

Tell Gov. DeWine: Thank You for Standing With Ohio Families & Child Care Professionals!

ICYMI: Last week, 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 message to Governor DeWine for standing with Ohio’s children, parents, and child care professionals!


Report Illuminates Health Experiences of Black Families and Their Infants

A new report from the Ohio Eliminating Disparities in Infant Mortality Task Force shares key themes and findings from listening sessions for Black families that took place earlier this year.

The Ohio Eliminating Disparities in Infant Mortality Task Force was formed to provide Governor Mike DeWine with actionable recommendations on how to eliminate racial disparities in the infant mortality rate and to create a road map that guides Ohio to meet the Healthy People 2030 goals for all babies.

To engage Black women, families, and communities throughout the process to ensure that recommendations are grounded in reality, numerous Family Listening Sessions were held across the state to understand the health and well-being experiences of Black families and their infants. Groundwork Ohio provided organizational and technical support for these listening sessions.


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 for 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 who will be provided accessible trainings and opportunities to engage with policymakers on a regular 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!


Saying Goodbye and Best Wishes to Groundwork Ohio's Julia Jackels!

After nearly two and a half years with the Groundwork Ohio team, this week we said farewell to Policy Associate Julia Jackels. While we are sad to see Julia go, we wish her well in her new endeavor!

If you'd like to stay connected with Julia, you can contact her on LinkedIn. If you have a Groundwork Ohio request and aren't sure whom to contact, you can email our team at


The Groundwork Ohio Team Wishes You a Safe and Happy New Year!

The Groundwork Ohio team wishes you a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year! We thank you for all that you've done in 2021 to advocate on behalf of Ohio's infants, toddlers, and their families. As we look ahead to 2022, we look forward to continuing this important work with you in the New Year!


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