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Week of October 15th Round-Up

You're Invited! Join Our Webinar on Early Childhood Mental Health

To grow healthy kids and families in Ohio, we must support the mental health of our infants, toddlers, and their families. However, because of the way that adverse experiences manifest themselves in a young child’s behavior and relationships, the experiences of Ohio's youngest and most vulnerable children are often overlooked.

Join Groundwork Ohio's Center for Maternal and Young Child Health on Wednesday, October 27 at 10:00 AM EST for a virtual discussion on integrating policies that support early childhood mental health to strengthen the foundation of Ohio families and communities.

During the webinar, experts will discuss learnings from our new report on infant and early childhood mental health. We'll also share what to expect from the Center for Maternal and Young Child Health, including the center's mission to transform systems that improve maternal and young child health, promote health equity, and prioritize prevention through policy development, research, and collaboration so that all Ohio mothers and young children thrive.

Already registered for the webinar? Help us spread the word! Download our event toolkit for social media and newsletter content.


Celebrate National Head Start Awareness Month This October

Did you know that October is National Head Start Awareness Month? While Head Start and Early Head Start support young children's growth and development year-round, Head Start Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the crucial services these programs provide!

Head Start is the longest-running national school readiness program in the United States, helping our youngest learners succeed in school and in life. Since its founding in 1965, Head Start has served more than 37 million children from low-income families, providing early learning, health, nutrition, and family support services while engaging parents and guardians as partners every step of the way.


Don't Delay: Apply to Be an Early Childhood Leadership Fellow!

Groundwork Ohio is still accepting applications for our 2022 Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship cohort... but time is running out!

Our Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship provides emerging early childhood professionals with essential training and support needed to enhance their leadership skills and talents. The Fellowship will inspire Fellows by utilizing a unique and engaging curriculum consisting of keynote speakers, online learning experiences, discussions with policymakers, networking opportunities, technical assistance, and small group projects.

Upon completion of the program, Fellows will have a better understanding on how to be a successful advocate for themselves, infants and toddlers, families, and their community.

Don't wait: Apply to be an Early Childhood Leadership Fellow today! Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, November 5, 2021.


VIDEO SERIES: Ohio Parents Share Why They Care About Quality Child Care

Over the past few weeks, we've shared stories from Ohio parents on why they care about quality in child care and early learning programs. For many parents, quality care means a safe, nurturing environment where their children can learn and play, have positive interactions with other children and staff, and develop socially and emotionally.

As Ohio parent Felicia told us, health, safety, education, and developmental learning are all extremely important to her and her family. That's why she chose a high-quality star-rated early learning program for her family, including her young son with Down syndrome. Not only is the program helping prepare her son for kindergarten, but it also provides Felicia peace of mind and the support she needs to work.

Click here to watch our series with Ohio parents sharing why they #CareAboutQuality in child care!


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