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Week of March 4th Round-Up

RSVP: Join March of Dimes for the 2022 Virtual March For Change Ohio

Did you know that every 12 hours a woman dies from pregnancy-related causes and that 60% of these deaths are preventable? Or that 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely in Ohio?

Mark your calendars and join March of Dimes on Wednesday, March 9th for the virtual #MarchForChange Ohio! During March for Change, you'll be a voice for moms and babies, meet with your state legislator, and have the opportunity to share your story. With your voice and participation, you can help ensure that moms and babies have what they need to survive and thrive!


DEADLINE APPROACHING: Apply to Join Our Growing Team!

Groundwork Ohio is now accepting applications for the Director of the Center for Early Learning! Time is running out to apply to join our growing team: Applications are due Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

The Center for Early Learning at Groundwork Ohio is dedicated to building strong foundations for young children and preparing Ohio for a better future by transforming systems that advance early learning, promote equity, and prioritize prevention. Through policy development, research, data analysis, and collaboration, the Center for Early Learning engages diverse stakeholders to advance early learning policies and systems.

The Director of the Center for Early Learning will oversee Center activities and drive the Center’s work to improve outcomes for young children and their families. Click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity!


Commissioner Crawley Champions Child Care at National Conference

Earlier this month, thousands of county officials from across the United States convened in Washington, D.C. for the annual National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference. During the conference, Franklin County Commissioner Erica C. Crawley successfully passed an interim resolution urging the federal government to pass robust legislation to stabilize the child care industry and workforce.

Groundwork Ohio applauds Commissioner Crawley for her leadership and commitment to building a strong, high-quality child care system that meets the needs of children, families, providers, and communities! Commissioner Crawley, along with Groundwork Ohio's President & CEO Shannon Jones, currently participates in a NACO/CCAO learning collaborative on prenatal-to-three issues with colleagues around the state interested in learning more and leaning in on issues that impact infants and toddlers.

We look forward to our continued partnership with Commission Crawley and other local leaders to advance policies and programs that serve Ohio's youngest children and their families!

Get to Know Groundwork: Lynanne Gutierrez, Chief Operating & Policy Officer

Last week, as part of our ongoing "Get to Know Groundwork" series, we introduced you to Shannon Jones, Groundwork Ohio's President & CEO. This week, we're introducing you to Lynanne Gutierrez, Chief Operating & Policy Officer!

Read our Q&A with Lynanne to learn more about why she's a passionate early childhood advocate and what her vision of the future is for Ohio's youngest children and their families!


Groundwork's Kelsey E. Hopkins Named to BCDI-Cleveland's Board

Join us in congratulating Kelsey E. Hopkins, Groundwork Ohio's Prenatal-to-Three Manager, for being selected to serve on the Black Child Development Institute (BCDI)-Cleveland's board! Along with other board members, Kelsey will support the mission of the organization, to improve and advance the lives of Black children and families through education and advocacy throughout Ohio.

“We are excited and grateful as we welcome these exceptional leaders dedicated to empowering the Black Child in achieving positive outcomes,” says BCDI-Cleveland President Gloria Blevins. “Our board members are the core of the organization effectively impacting policy and programming to pursue equity and equality for Black children and families. Our intentional collaboration is essential in progressing forward towards success for families.”

Congratulations, Kelsey!


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