Groundwork's Big Family Celebration is Just Days Away... RSVP Today!
In just a few days, hundreds of Ohio families, caregivers, early childhood professionals, community leaders, policymakers, and advocates are gathering at the Ohio Statehouse for Groundwork Ohio's Family Celebration...and we want you to be there!
Join us on Wednesday, May 18th at 12:30 PM on the West Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse for Groundwork's Family Celebration, where we will be celebrating Ohio families, caregivers, and our youngest children. At the Family Celebration, you'll join fellow Ohioans from across the state to show your support and cheer on members of our Family Action Network who are coming to the Statehouse to share their stories and experiences with state legislators.
Did we mention there will be kid-friendly entertainment, activities, special guest speakers, and more? Be sure to let us know you're coming. RSVP today!
After you RSVP, be sure to invite your friends, family, and community members to join the Family Celebration! Download our promotional toolkit for content you can share on social media, email, and more.
Upcoming Webinar: Join Us for a Discussion on Maternal Mental Health
Maternal mortality and morbidity continues to be a major public health crisis in Ohio. However, discussions about the contributing factors to maternal mortality and morbidity often don't include maternal mental health. National and statewide data demonstrate that maternal mental health must be recognized as a part of the comprehensive picture of maternal health and well-being.
On Wednesday, May 25th at 11:00 AM EST, please join Groundwork Ohio's Center for Maternal and Young Child Health for an in-depth conversation on maternal mental health and its connection to maternal mortality and morbidity. During the virtual discussion, you'll hear from a distinguished panel of providers, experts, advocates, and storytellers who will share the unique ways they are supporting the mental health of pregnant and mothers in their communities.
Get to Know Groundwork: Cherrelle Turner, Director of the Center for Family Voice
Over the past few months, as part of our "Get to Know Groundwork" series, we've introduced you to members of the incredible Groundwork Ohio team. This week, we're excited to introduce you to our newest team member: Cherrelle Turner, Director of the Center for Family Voice at Groundwork Ohio!
As Director of the Center for Family Voice, Cherrelle drives the Center’s work to elevate the voices of families with young children in early childhood policy and advocacy to achieve programmatic, policy, and practice changes at local, regional, and state levels.
Read our Q&A with Cherrelle 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!
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What Word Comes to Mind When You Think About Your Community?
Groundwork Ohio recently asked members of our Family Action Network, "What's the first word that comes to mind when you think about your family?" The heartwarming and sincere responses they shared with us, which we recently shared in a blog, reflect the overwhelming love and strength of Ohio families with young children.
The responses from our Family Action Network got us thinking: How do Ohioans describe their communities? So we asked people involved in family-serving organizations to tell us the first word they think of when they think about their community. Check out Groundwork Ohio's new blog to read more about what they had to say!
Groundwork Ohio Shares Early Childhood Dashboard Preview with National Experts
This week, Groundwork Ohio met with Child Care Aware® of America’s (CCAoA’s) Research and Data team. CCAoA works with a national network of more than 400 child care resource and referral agencies and other partners from across the nation to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. Shannon Jones, Groundwork Ohio's President & CEO, and Reem Aly, Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer, provided the CCAoA team with a demonstration of Groundwork's Early Childhood Dashboard Preview and had a great discussion on measuring what matters and data transparency. Groundwork Ohio also shared plans for development of the comprehensive Early Childhood Dashboard to be released in 2023.
We want to hear from you! Groundwork Ohio is gathering feedback on our Dashboard Preview to inform development of the 2023 Dashboard. We invite you to explore our Dashboard Preview and share your reactions and feedback.
New Report Examines the State of Babies in Ohio and Nationwide
Where children are born can affect their chances for a strong start in life. Babies need good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences to foster their healthy brain development and help them realize their full potential.
Ohio is home to 404,275 babies. So how are babies and their families faring in our state? Check out the newly-released State of Babies Yearbook 2022 from ZERO TO THREE's Think Babies to learn how Ohio measures up on indicators related to Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences.
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