On Monday we welcomed Abby McMahon to our team as the Director of Policy and Advocacy. Abby brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Groundwork team and we are thrilled for her to join us. Most recently, Abby was an attorney with the Ohio Legislative Service Commission where she worked closely with the Ohio General Assembly and constituents as she drafted and analyzed legislation and interpreted state and federal law. Please join us in welcoming Abby to the team!
Urgent Call to Action to #SaveChildCare Happening Today
Conversations around a new COVID-19 relief package are happening TODAYand we need your help in contacting members of Congress to ask for increased emergency funding for child care. The current proposal on the table includes only $10 billion for child care, which is not enough to stabilize the industry. Previously, the Senate floated a proposal of $15 billion and the recent House proposal included $57 billion. Congress can and should increase funding for child care and we need your help as this may be our last opportunity to make a difference for young children, families, and child care programs. Click below to send a pre-drafted email, tweet, or place a phone call to Congress -- it only takes 2 minutes to do all 3!
New Child Abuse Prevention Resource
This week, the Ohio Department of Education and the Department of Job and Family Services released a new resource focused on how to prevent child abuse. Due to mandated reporters not regularly seeing children, child abuse and neglect reports have declined by nearly 50%. While these reports have declined, we know that children continue to be at risk of child abuse and neglect due to the challenges many families are facing as a result of the pandemic. Child abuse and neglect is preventable and we must work together to support families during this challenging time.
Nonprofit Grant Opportunity
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services recently announced the process for nonprofit organizations that serve low-income and at-risk Ohioans to apply for federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act grants. Up to $25 million will be awarded. Applications will be accepted until December 5th.
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