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Week of June 17th Round-Up

Groundwork Ohio Launches Vote for Ohio Kids Campaign

This week, Vote for Ohio Kids – an initiative led by Groundwork Ohio, the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, and Ohio Excels, in partnership with business leaders from across the state – announced the 2022 Vote for Ohio Kids campaign, a dedicated, nonpartisan statewide effort to ensure that Ohio’s next governor prioritizes investments in our youngest Ohioans. As part of the campaign, gubernatorial candidates Mike DeWine and Nan Whaley have been formally invited to participate in the 2022 Vote for Ohio Kids Leadership Forum on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Originally launched in 2018, the Vote for Ohio Kids campaign is a coalition of business, education, healthcare, and early childhood advocacy leaders unified behind a powerful agenda that puts Ohio kids front and center and positions them for lifelong success. The Vote for Ohio Kids campaign has targeted five areas in our consensus agenda, each with extensive bodies of research demonstrating their effectiveness and the return they offer on state investment.

The Vote for Ohio Kids Leadership Forum will include plenary sessions on early childhood education and healthcare, as well as a guided conversation with the gubernatorial candidates on the importance of investments in Ohio kids. The invitation sent to the gubernatorial candidates was signed by nearly 50 business and community leaders from across the state. You can view the letters sent to Governor DeWine and former Mayor Nan Whaley here.


Groundwork Ohio Presents at the 2022 NAEYC Professional Learning Institute

This week, Groundwork Ohio's Lynanne Gutierrez, Erin Ryan, Amy Meade, and Lysette Arnold led presentations at the 2022 National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Professional Learning Institute in Cleveland, OH. NAEYC’s Professional Learning Institute is designed for all early childhood professionals, as well as program administrators, teacher educators, trainers, teachers, preschool teachers, and researchers.

Lynanne, Amy, and Lysette presented on the ways Groundwork Ohio is authentically engaging Ohio parents, families, and educators in the policies and practices that impact the healthy development of their children and communities. We were excited to share why elevating family and educator voice is so crucial in early childhood advocacy.

Lynanne and Erin gave an Ohio policy update and the ways Groundwork Ohio is engaging our legislators and demanding investments in high-quality early childhood education.

Thank you, NAEYC for allowing us to share Groundwork Ohio's important contributions to the early childhood field. We can't wait until next time!


Deadline Extended: Apply to Join the Groundwork Ohio Team!

Groundwork Ohio is hiring for THREE exciting roles within our growing organization. The deadline to apply to the listed positions is Friday, July 15. Apply today to join an amazing and dynamic team!


Groundwork Ohio Visits Triskett Station Center

This week, Groundwork Ohio visited Triskett Station Center, a Horizon Education Center, located in Cleveland, OH. Triskett Station Center boasts a five-star rating from the State of Ohio's "Step Up To Quality" Program. It was great to see JD Smith (center), a current Early Childhood Leadership Fellow in action!

Thank you to Dave Smith, JD Smith, Nick Gresko, Lisa Nunn, and everyone at Triskett Station Center for taking the time to give us such a wonderful tour of their center, and for allowing us to see their kiddos in action. We only wish we could have stayed longer!


Governor DeWine Announces Free Online Parenting Education to Families

This week, Governor Mike DeWine announced a partnership with the Governor’s Children’s Initiative, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), and the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund to bring free parent education materials to Ohio families.

“Triple P’s positive approach will help build parenting skills, while providing needed resources and to help parents promote their children’s resiliency and build stronger families,” said Governor DeWine. “With the implementation of this program, I am pleased to see more recommendations of the Children’s Services Transformation Advisory Council achieved.”

Groundwork Ohio applauds Governor DeWine’s continued commitment to Ohio’s youngest children and their families to support their healthy development, ensure they thrive, and that they are set up for long-term success. From the beginning of his administration, Governor DeWine has elevated Ohio’s infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children as a priority. We look forward to seeing the positive impact Triple P will have on parents and their families.

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