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Week of July 19th Round-Up

Tell Congress to #SolveChildCare!

Decisions are being made right now that will determine whether Congress will pass a major investment in America’s child care and early learning system before a key window of opportunity closes at the end of this year.

We need to ensure lawmakers in Washington hear loud and clear that child care and early learning must be a top priority with significant, sustained funding. This is a make or break moment, and we need you to use your voice to #SolveChildCare.

Call or write your Representative and Senators and ask them to pass legislation to invest in child care! Click the buttons below to get started.

Want to help spread the word? Download this toolkit for ready-made content that you can share on social media and with your friends, family, and members of your community.


Your Input Needed: Early Childhood Education Survey

Yale and the National Workforce Registry Alliance are collaborating to invite all early learning professionals to participate in a survey on the early childhood education field. This survey is for anyone who is either currently employed as a child care provider OR has worked in child care at any point during or just prior to the pandemic.

This is an incredible opportunity for members of the child care workforce to contribute their experiences and challenges throughout the pandemic to inform future discussions, priorities, and investments. Complete this 15 min survey and enter to win one of 20 $500 gift cards!


Child Lead Alert: Community Primary Prevention Opportunity

With funding allocated in the new state budget for the Lead-Safe Home Fund, the Ohio Department of Health seeks partners in high-risk communities to advance childhood lead poisoning prevention efforts at the local level. The objective of this project is to reduce lead exposure to children in high-risk communities through primary prevention activities conducted at the local level.

Interested in applying? There are less than 3 weeks left to submit your proposal for the Ohio Department of Health's request for proposal! Proposals are due by August 12, 2021.


What the State Budget Means for Young Children and Education

On Thursday, Groundwork Ohio joined United Way of Central Ohio, Children's Defense Fund-Ohio, South Side Early Learning, and Action for Children for a virtual discussion on the impact the new state budget will have on Ohio's young children and their education. During the conversation, Groundwork Ohio President & CEO Shannon Jones shared what changes the budget makes to Ohio's child care system, as well as why quality child care is essential to Ohio infants, toddlers, families, and communities.


2021 Budget: Measuring Our Impact on Early Childhood Investment

Last month, Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio's two-year state budget, marking the conclusion of a challenging budget process. While tough decisions remain, significant progress was made towards supporting quality early learning and healthy development for Ohio's youngest children and their families.

Throughout the budget process, Groundwork Ohio and our network of dedicated stakeholders launched a robust education and advocacy effort that ensured Ohio’s pregnant mothers, infants, and toddlers remained a priority in the state budget. We recently published a report detailing the impact and results of our efforts, including more information on the investments and policies we are celebrating.


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