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Week of December 7th Round-Up

Include Reaching Out to Congress in Your Everyday Routine

With time running out on negotiating a COVID-19 relief package, the Groundwork staff are finding creative ways to include advocating for child care into our everyday routine! With our website platform, it is incredibly easy to reach out to Congress via email, tweet, or call while brushing your teeth, sipping on the latest tea, decking the halls, or reading a book. Will you commit to weaving in advocacy into your routine? Even if you've already contacted your members, keep reaching out every day to continue to put the pressure on Congress! Click below to get started.


Celebrating Groundwork’s Early Childhood Leadership Fellows

2020 Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship Cohort

(picture taken in February 2020)

This week, we wrapped up our inaugural Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship cohort during a virtual graduation where Fellows presented their final group action plans and heard remarks from State Representative Allison Russo. You can watch a recording of the graduation here. We are so proud of all this year's Fellows have accomplished thus far and look forward to continuing to work with them through the alumni network!

Also this week, we officially announced the incoming 2021 Fellowship cohort. We are so excited to begin the 2021 program with these fantastic Fellows in early January!


Prioritizing Early Childhood Workforce in Vaccination Distribution Plan

Recently, we sent a letter to the Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud urging her to consider giving the early childhood workforce the same priority as K-12 educators when accessing the COVID-19 vaccine.


Groundwork Supports Declaring a State of Emergency on Childhood Trauma in Ohio

Earlier this week, Groundwork provided written testimony to the Ohio House Health Committee in support of House Concurrent Resolution 25, which would declare a state of emergency on childhood trauma in the state of Ohio. Due to the rapid brain development that occurs in the first few years of life, infants and toddlers are more vulnerable to trauma and it can greatly impact all future development.


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