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Week of July 20 Round-Up

NEW VIDEO: Early Childhood Investments Matter

In the first 3 years of life, children’s brains are rapidly growing. During this time of development, it is crucial that we provide infants and toddlers with the supports needed to lay a strong foundation for their future. This week, we launched a new video featuring Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley to highlight why strong early childhood policies are crucial in supporting a child's social, emotional, and educational development during those first few years of life.

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Join Us for Next Week's Child Care Round Table Discussions

Join us next week for two upcoming child care round table discussions with U.S. Senator Rob Portman and Congressman Tim Ryan. During these webinars, participants will share their experiences and concerns with Senator Portman and Congressman Ryan, along with the urgent need to support child care in the upcoming relief packages.

Both events 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. Details and registration information for each round table discussion are highlighted below.

Round Table with

Senator Rob Portman

When: Wednesday, July 29 at 3 PM

Participants include:

  • Patti Gleason, Learning Grove

  • Carol Haynes, Kiddie Academy of Reynoldsburg, Hilliard, and Downtown Columbus

  • Katie Kelly, PRE4CLE

Round Table with

Congressman Tim Ryan

When: Thursday, July 30 at 11 AM

Participants include:

  • MaryBeth Bush, Mary’s Little Lambs Child Care

  • Kurtisene Cunningham, Little Discoverers STEM Academy Child Care

  • Laura DiCola, Summit Education Initiative


ReadyNation Ohio Infant and Toddler Child Care Forum

Join ReadyNation Ohio for their Infant and Toddler Child Care Forum on July 29th from 10-11:30 AM. The forum will focus on brain development and the issue of quality child care. Guest speakers will include:

  • Jennifer M. Zosh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, University College at Penn State University, Brandywine Campus

  • Don Rankey, CEO of HomeLife Companies and ReadyNation Member

  • State Senator Louis W. Blessing, III

  • State Senator Stephanie Kunze

  • Shannon Jones, Executive Director at Groundwork Ohio


Maternal & Child Health Title V Block Grant Public Comment Survey

The Ohio Department of Health is currently engaged in planning for the next five-year Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant Program cycle. To better inform their planning, the state is soliciting feedback and input regarding the priorities and comprehensive strategies across the life course population domains: Women, Infant, Child, Adolescent, and Children with Special Health Care Needs.  This is survey is a great opportunity for you to share your experiences and concerns regarding the program. The survey is open until August 14, 2020.


We Urgently Need Your Help

As you may already know, Congress returned to D.C. this week to negotiate the next federal relief package. The funding provided to Ohio's child care industry through the CARES Act is running out and programs are being faced with the difficult decision to keep going (often at a loss) or close permanently. We are at a crucial point in time where the future of the child care industry will be decided in the next week. Help us ensure that child care is a top priority in the federal relief package discussions by taking the 4 simple steps below:

  • 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 to parents and community partners, blogs, tweets, graphics, and a QR code for your parent pick-up area or to post around the community. You can also share this toolkit with others who are interested in raising awareness!

Congress is counting each message and call to understand which priorities are the most important to their constituents. Even if you have already reached out, please keep contacting your members. Ohio's children, families, providers, economy and future relies on a thriving child care industry. Being a child care advocate has never been easier -- just click the button below.


ICYMI: Recent Webinars

We have many webinars over the past couple of months and hope you were able to join most of them! If you were unable to join our webinars, we always post each webinar recording on our website as well as links to the resources mentioned during the discussion. We just added recent webinar recordings to our website to include last week's round table discussion featuring Mayors Daniel Horrigan and Nan Whaley as well as yesterday's round table discussion with Congressman Troy Balderson. You can view these two webinars and more by clicking the button below. 


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