Groundwork Ohio and Early Childhood Partners Make Urgent Child Care Request to Governor DeWine
This week, Groundwork Ohio and 60 of its advocacy partners, sent a letter to Governor DeWine seeking his strong support for federal emergency child care funding. While communicating deep appreciation for his leadership on behalf of children during the COVID-19 pandemic, the letter made an urgent request that he join the coalition in its efforts to advocate to Ohio’s congressional delegation for at least $50 billion in dedicated, flexible funding to address emergency needs and protect the child care industry as a key part of our state and national infrastructure. With this level of investment, Ohio is estimated to receive $1.67 billion. Bipartisan support for the critical needs of the child care sector and the children and families it serves is growing in both chambers of congress but quick action is needed before the August recess and in anticipation of K-12 schools reopening.
TODAY: Child Care Round Table Discussion with Mayors Daniel Horrigan and Nan Whaley
You’re invited to join us for a child care round table discussion featuring Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley this TODAY from 11 AM to 12 PM. During the webinar, participants will discuss the critical role child care plays in supporting families, businesses, and the local economy. Round table participants will include:
Laura DiCola, Summit Education Initiative
Palmer Jason, Good Shepherd Academy Child Care
Ronette Moss, Akron Area YMCA
Charmaine Webster, Dayton/Montgomery County Preschool Promise
The discussion will be facilitated by Shannon Jones, Executive Director of Groundwork Ohio. We invite you to join us in watching the live discussion and submitting your questions and feedback through the chat box function.
ICYMI: New Campaign for Child Care Relief
This week, we launched a new campaign renewing the critical need for child care relief funding. Congress will be back in session next week, but they'll only be around for two weeks. This means that we are in the final stretch to make child care a priority in Congress before they go on recess for the entire month of August! So far, there have been over 4,000 messages sent to Ohio's Congressional Delegation in support of child care and your voices are being heard. Members on both sides of the aisle are taking up child care as a top priority, but we need your help to increase its reach.
Here's 4 simple and quick ways you can help in getting out the message that child care needs immediate financial relief:
Send a pre-drafted email to Congress by clicking here
Tweet at your members of Congress by using this message
Call your members of Congress by using this phone script
Tell all your friends by using our social media toolkit filled with sample emails, blogs, tweets, and graphics
Ohio's children, families, providers, economy and future relies on a thriving child care industry. Even if you have already reached out in the past, we need you to reach out to your members once again. Being a child care advocate has never been easier -- just click the button below.
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