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Week of June 14th Round-Up

Take Action to Save Quality Child Care

Throughout the state budget process, Groundwork Ohio, our partners, and early childhood advocates throughout the state have been working hard to ensure more Ohio children and their families have access to quality child care and early learning. That's why we are fighting hard to stop a proposal from the Ohio Senate that would dismantle Step Up To Quality and jeopardize Ohio's quality child care system. We need your help to save quality child care.

We're calling on early childhood professionals and advocates like you to contact your state legislators and speak out against the Senate's dangerous proposal to end Step Up To Quality. If you support quality child care and early learning for Ohio's infants and toddlers, now is the time to take action!

Infants and toddlers don't have a voice at the statehouse, but you do. Time is running out to save quality child care in Ohio, as we expect a final version of the state budget to be voted on by the middle of next week.

After you take action, encourage your friends, family, neighbors, and others to contact their state legislators! You can download our advocacy toolkit to help get the message out to members of your community.


Ohio Advocates Convene for an Urgent Call to Action to Save Child Care

On Tuesday, nearly 500 early childhood advocates and professionals throughout Ohio convened for a virtual call to action to save quality child care in Ohio. On the webinar, a unified front of child care advocates and professionals explained how the Ohio Senate's damaging language on child care in the state budget would impact young children, their families, and the early childhood education workforce.

During the event, Groundwork Ohio also shared how early childhood advocates like you can take action to protect Step Up To Quality and quality child care in Ohio. Missed the webinar? Click the button below to watch the recording.


Join Us for a Virtual Discussion on Amplifying Family Voice

Join the Center for Family Voice at Groundwork Ohio on Wednesday, July 7th from 10:00am-11:00am for the virtual release of our new report, "Amplifying Family Voice to Advance Equitable Outcomes for Young Children."

During the webinar, Groundwork Ohio will be joined by early childhood experts and esteemed guests to discuss the findings of our new report, expectations for the future work of the Center for Family Voice, and how Ohio can better empower families to drive change and improve the healthy development of Ohio’s young children.

Our speakers include:

  • Shannon Jones, Executive Director of Groundwork Ohio

  • Lynanne Gutierrez, Assistant Director at Groundwork Ohio

  • Director Maureen Corcoran, Ohio Department of Medicaid

  • Ami Cole, President at Molina Healthcare of Ohio

  • Sherri Killins Stewart, Director of State Systems Alignment and Integration for the BUILD Initiative


New NAEYC Child Care Survey: Complete the Survey Today!

Calling all early childhood educators: Will you take a few moments to complete the newest National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) survey on the early childhood education field, available in English and in Spanish?

Your responses and your voices make a huge difference in helping policymakers and the public understand the continued urgency of the challenges you face, how relief is helping, and how much more is needed. As an added “thank you” for your time and expertise, your completed survey could win you a $50 gift card!

This survey will close at midnight ET on Wednesday, June 30.


Want to increase your impact? Share this message with family, friends, and colleagues now!



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