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Week of February 15th Round-Up

Join Groundwork and our partners at the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, Ready, Set, Soar Ohio and the National Association of Counties for a webinar on Wednesday, February 24th from 9:30- 10:30 AM. During this webinar, you will learn from national and Ohio county leaders on what you can do to expand high-quality services for infants and toddlers in your community.

The first three years of a child’s life are the “brick and mortar” of brain development - building the foundation for future learning, behavior, and health. Evidence shows that when we invest in young children from prenatal to age three (PN-3), they become healthy children who are confident, empathetic, and ready for school and life. Ohio’s county leaders are advancing strong PN-3 systems to improve outcomes for young children and their families.


Carolyn Rice, County Commissioner – Montgomery County, Ohio


April Jenkins, Children, Youth, and Family Services Manager, El Paso County Department of Human Services – El Paso County, Co.

Ken Cornell, County Commissioner and Board Member, Children’s Trust of Alachua County – Alachua County, Fla.


The Small Business Case for Child Care

You’re invited to join Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices and Groundwork Ohio for a joint webinar on March 5th from 10:00-11:00 AM on why access to child care is important to small businesses as a key workforce issue. Throughout the webinar, you will have the opportunity to hear from small business owners about why child care matters to them and how small businesses can partner with early childhood advocates to address this issue. Speakers will also discuss what can be done through local, state, and federal policies to expand access to child care. Guest speakers include:

  • Mayor Andrew Ginther, City of Columbus

  • Janetta King, Midwest Regional Director for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices

  • Sharon DeLay, President of GO-HR

  • Haleema Shafeek, President of GOFS Commercial Interiors

  • Jarrod Turner, CEO of TBT Construction Services Inc.

  • Shannon Jones, Executive Director of Groundwork Ohio


COVID-19 and Child Care: Lessons Learned for Moving Forward

On Wednesday, February 24th from 12:30-1:30 PM, join researchers from the Ohio COVID-19 Child Care Study as they discuss COVID-19 among staff and families affiliated with child care programs across the state and lessons learned for managing the impact moving forward. The virtual seminar will also highlight key voices with expertise in child health and wellbeing in addressing the value of child care and the importance of sustained investment.

  • Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH, Director, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health, Presenter

  • Mary Beth Marks, MBA, Interim Program Manager, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health, Moderator


  • Lynanne Gutierrez, Esq., Assistant Director and Legal Counsel, Groundwork Ohio

  • Carol Haynes, RN, MS, Executive Director/President/Owner, Kiddie Academy®

  • Kristie Ross, MD, MS, Chief, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital


Congratulations, Vanessa Freytag!

Congratulations to Vanessa Freytag, President and CEO for 4C for Children and a member of the Groundwork Advisory Committee for being nominated as one of 8 YWCA of Greater Cincinnati 2021 Career Women of Achievement. Her nomination is well-deserved as she has worked tirelessly to support women, children, and child care professionals in the Greater Cincinnati region.


CSSP Survey of Community Early Childhood System-Building Initiatives

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is surveying community-based early childhood system building initiatives to identify and map the current landscape of exemplary and promising community-focused early childhood system building initiatives and to further build the learning and networking opportunities across interested initiatives and other key partners. Results of this survey will be used to inform a report on the activities of a growing number of early childhood initiatives across the country. The survey is open through March 10, 2021.


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