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Week of January 25th Round-Up

Supporting families now is an investment in Ohio’s future

Next week, Governor Mike DeWine is expected to send his executive biennial budget proposal to the Ohio General Assembly. The biennial budget process is one of the biggest avenues to advocate for change within the early childhood system and we hope you will join us throughout the process. You can click here to read our latest blog post to learn why you should pay attention to the state biennial budget process and what to expect in the months ahead. Throughout the budget, we will focus our advocacy efforts in the following areas:

  • Advance Equitable Outcomes for Young Children & Their Families

  • Keep Ohio Working by Expanding Access to Quality Child Care

  • Empower Parents Through Voluntary Evidence-Based Homes Visiting

  • Support Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies

Our new case for support lays out our budget priorities and why we are calling on state legislators to invest in early childhood strategies and interventions in order to lay a strong foundation for all young children in Ohio.


Child Care is Essential

In the past week, over 17,000 child care advocates from across the state have signed on to a letter urging Governor Mike DeWine to include child care professionals with K-12 educators in Phase 1B of the vaccination distribution plan. Click here to read and sign on to the petition.


TODAY: Ohio Legislative Children's Caucus Webinar

You're invited to the Ohio Legislative Children’s Caucus meeting TODAY from 2:00 - 3:00 PM! During the meeting, you will hear a presentation from the Ohio Children’s Budget Coalition on how we can advance a whole child budget agenda for the 2022-2023 biennium to include ensuring a continuum of care for mothers and babies; fostering high quality early childhood education and child care; and supporting the social emotional, mental, and behavioral health and wellness for children and families.


Now Hiring: Director of Communications & Stakeholder Engagement

Groundwork seeks an experienced, highly effective, team-oriented leader passionate about Ohio’s youngest and most vulnerable children and the families that support them. The successful candidate will direct the organization’s communications to further its robust early education and healthy development policy agenda. Prospective applicants ready to collaborate with an awesome and highly-effective team of professionals are encouraged to send a resume with cover letter to Lynanne Gutierrez at by February 12, 2021.


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