Week of June 21st Round-Up

Budget Negotiations Continue: There's Still Time to Save Quality Child Care!

Throughout the week, members of the conference committee have been meeting to iron out differences between the Governor, House, and Senate versions of House Bill 110, the state budget. One point of contention that the conference committee is currently negotiating is the Ohio Senate's proposal to dismantle Step Up To Quality.


With legislators closing in on a budget deal, now more than ever we need to hold a united front to save quality child care in Ohio. Will you take 2 minutes to send a message to your state legislators and Governor DeWine urging them to restore Step Up To Quality in the state budget and remove restrictions on federal child care spending?


Help us send a loud and clear message: Ohioans do not want to see Step Up To Quality dismantled. Even if you've already sent a message, you can send another message to your legislators. Time is running out to speak out on this urgent issue!


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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

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Early Childhood Educators: Share Your Experiences in NAEYC's Survey

Calling all members of the early childhood education field: There's still time to complete the newest National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) survey on the early childhood education field!


Your individual experiences are so important, and your collective voices are helping to shape our nation's understanding of what's happening in child care and early learning across states and settings. As an added “thank you” for your time and expertise, your completed survey could win you a $50 gift card.


Don't wait: This survey will close at midnight ET on Wednesday, June 30th.


Survey in English >>

Encuesta en Español >>

New KIDS COUNT Data Book Measures Child Well-Being in Ohio

A new report finds that when it comes to the health and well-being of children, Ohio has room to grow. According to the 2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book, a 50-state annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that tracks child well-being in the United States, Ohio ranks 31st overall. This underscores the importance of investing in our state's youngest children, their families, and the programs and policies that help them thrive.


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