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Week of May 9th Round-Up

Why Quality Matters in Child Care

When it comes to early learning and child care, quality matters. Research shows that children who participate in high-quality early childhood programs are better prepared for kindergarten, are less likely to be held back a grade, are more likely to reach high school graduation and pursue college or vocational training programs, and are less likely to need government assistance later in life.

This week, Groundwork Ohio released a new video on the importance of quality in child care. The video features parents and early childhood educators who share why high-quality child care is so vital to young children, the workforce, and Ohio's future.


Groundwork Calls on Ohio Senate to Invest in Infant, Maternal Health

On Tuesday, Groundwork Ohio joined fellow members of the Ohio Children's Budget Coalition for a briefing on the state budget (House Bill 110) ahead of the deadline for senators to offer amendments to the bill.

During the briefing, Groundwork Ohio called on state senators to include amendments in the state budget to address Ohio's infant and maternal mortality crisis. Specifically, Groundwork is urging legislators to increase investment in Ohio's Help Me Grow home visiting program, as well as extend postpartum coverage for Medicaid-eligible women from 60 days to 12 months. Together, these investments can improve health outcomes for both moms and babies.


Advocates Urge State Senators to Invest in Quality Child Care

On Thursday, Groundwork Ohio joined PRE4CLE, United Way of Greater Toledo, Learning Grove, the Early Childhood Education Alliance, Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children, and Little Miracles Early Development Center to urge members of the Senate Finance Committee to make quality child care more accessible to working families as part of the state budget (House Bill 110).

As state legislators continue to work on the state budget, they need to hear from constituents and early childhood advocates like you on the importance of quality child care to Ohio's children, working families, businesses, and communities. Click here to send a message to your state legislators urging them to increase eligibility to Ohio's Publicly Funded Child Care program.


Quality Child Care: Good for Working Families, Good for Businesses

Earlier this week, the U.S. Labor Department issued a report revealing that employees posted a record number of available jobs in March, illustrating that many businesses are struggling to find and retain employees in part due to the lack of affordable child care options.

Child care is not only essential to working parents, but also to the businesses that employ them. Without affordable quality child care, many parents with young children -- especially women -- have no choice but to drop out of the workforce.That's why more and more business leaders in Ohio are speaking out on the importance of investing in quality, affordable child care.

Click here to watch and share Groundwork Ohio's new video featuring business leaders on why quality child care is essential to their business and employees.


There's still time to register for the Think Babies virtual rally with ZERO TO THREE taking place this Monday, May 17th at 2:00 PM!

Babies from all 50 states and D.C., 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. 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.

Will you be a big voice for little kids? RSVP and take action today!


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