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Week of February 4th Round-Up

New Blog: Local Officials in Ohio Are Taking Action on Child Care

This week, Groundwork Ohio published a new blog by Shelby County Commissioner Julie Ehemann on how local officials and early childhood professionals are working together to expand access to quality child care. In the blog, Commissioner Ehemann shares how Shelby County is working with 4C for Children to utilize federal COVID-19 relief funds to help stabilize existing child care programs and expand access to quality child care.

Commissioner Ehemann's blog provides just one innovative example of how local officials in Ohio are stepping up to support our youngest children and those who care for them. Earlier this month, Groundwork Ohio published a blog from Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther on how city and county officials in Franklin County are working together to strengthen the child care industry so that families can access the quality care they want, need, and deserve.


Exciting New Job Opportunities at Groundwork Ohio!

Groundwork Ohio is growing and we invite you to join our amazing team! We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Director, Center for Maternal and Young Child Health: The Director of the Center for Maternal and Young Child Health will oversee Center activities and drive the Center’s work to improve health outcomes for women, young children, and their families.

Community Engagement Coordinator, Center for Family Voice: The Community Engagement Coordinator for the Center for Family Voice will support implementation of the Center’s activities and work to elevate the voices of families with young children in early childhood policy and advocacy. Learn more and apply.


Get to Know Groundwork: Melissa Bacon, Director of Policy & Advocacy

Last week, we launched our new "Get to Know Groundwork" series with a Q&A of Reem Aly, Groundwork's Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer. For our latest installment of "Get to Know Groundwork," we're introducing you to Melissa Bacon, Groundwork's Director of Policy & Advocacy!

Check out our Q&A with Melissa to learn more about why she’s a passionate advocate for young children and families in Ohio!


Building Child Care Infrastructure: State Level Challenges

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research, American University, and the Carework Network invite you to save the date for an exciting and timely event: The U.S. Care Infrastructure: From Promise to Reality. The event will take place March 4-5, 2022 in Washington, D.C. and online.

This important conference will convene academics, policy researchers, early childhood experts, advocates, and policymakers to explore critical issues and policy proposals for the care industry, including child care issues.

Groundwork Ohio President & CEO Shannon Jones will be presenting during a panel session on Building Child Care Infrastructure: State Level Challenges. The panel will highlight the impact of child care access on gender and racial equity and bring together academic researchers and child care experts to discuss policy proposals and programs to address the ongoing child care crisis.


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