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Week of May 2nd Round-Up

Business Leaders, Early Childhood Professionals Testify on Child Care

This week, as state budget deliberations continue at the Ohio Statehouse, Groundwork Ohio joined business leaders and early childhood education professionals to urge state legislators to help more working families access quality child care. Watch the testimony here.

Access to quality child care is a key workforce issue and is critical to Ohio’s post-pandemic economic recovery and long-term success. As we emerge from this pandemic, we must invest in early childhood systems to support the needs of our children, the workforce, and early childhood educators.

Add your voice and tell your state legislators to make child care more affordable and accessible to working families. Click here to take action today!


Groundwork Calls on Legislature to Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

Healthy moms are the foundation of healthy babies. Tragically, far too many Ohio mothers die from pregnancy-related conditions, and many of these deaths are preventable. To eradicate preventable maternal deaths and improve health outcomes for moms and babies, Ohio must leverage every tool at our disposal.

On Wednesday, Groundwork Ohio testified before the Senate Health Committee to urge state legislators to allow Medicaid to extend postpartum coverage from the current 60 days to 12 months post-delivery. By extending coverage to a full year, women can continue to receive potentially lifesaving care and treatment after giving birth. Watch the testimony here.

We need your help to make infant and maternal health a priority in the state budget. Click here to contact your state legislators and ask them to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage to 12 months after pregnancy.


Quality Child Care: Essential to Ohio's Workforce and Businesses

This week, Groundwork Ohio Executive Director participated in a panel discussion at the 2021 Ohio SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference on the importance of child care to businesses and the workforce. The discussion, which also featured Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs, focused on how human resource professionals and their companies can help working families by supporting efforts to expand access to quality child care.


Join us and ZERO TO THREE on May 17th and 18th as we urge Congress to Think Babies!

Babies from all 50 states and DC, including Ohio, will be calling on Congress to bring babies to the top of their priority list. Your voice is needed, too. RSVP to join the Think Babies rally on Facebook Live May 17th at 2:00 PM. There will be cute babies and an opportunity to hear from parent advocates and baby champions in Congress!

Then, on May 18th, take action and tell your members of Congress that an investment in babies and their families is an investment in our future.

Can we count on you to Be a Big Voice for Little Kids? RSVP and take action.


You're Invited: Monthly Early Childhood Webinar Series

The Office of Early Childhood Development, in collaboration with the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care, is hosting a monthly webinar series to share updates, successes, and information with early childhood colleagues across the country. You're invited to join the discussions! Each month, the Office of Early Childhood Development will take a few questions from people across the country to be answered during the webinar. You'll also hear from parents, child care providers, and community leaders about their experiences and efforts.

The first webinar is Tuesday, May 11th at 3:00 PM. The webinar will review the Biden-Harris Administration’s first 100 days and discuss what comes next.


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