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Week of September 14th Round-Up

Your Vote Can Create a Brighter Future for Ohio Children

With the voter registration deadline quickly approaching on October 5th, we wanted to be sure that you had an opportunity to check out our new voter toolkit. This year, we are asking you to keep children in the forefront of your mind when casting your ballot AND to encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to do the same.

We created a simple toolkit for you to find information on why voting for children matters, how to vote, and key election dates, as well as sample social media and blog posts, graphics, and more to help amplify this message.

Your vote matters.


Relaunching in 3...2...1!

We are officially less than a week away from the Ready, Set, Soar Ohio virtual relaunch and we are determined to make this event bigger and better than before!

Join us on Wednesday, September 23rd from 10:00-11:00 AM for this relaunch to learn more about how we can all work together to ensure that more pregnant women, infants, toddlers and their families have access to the support they need to soar to their full potential. We are thrilled to announce a stellar panel of guest speakers lined up for the virtual relaunch to include:

  • Director LeeAnne Cornyn, Governor's Office of Children's Initiatives

  • Rozlyn Grant, The Centers

  • Commissioner Carolyn Rice, Montgomery County

The discussion will be facilitated by Lynanne Gutierrez, Policy Director and Legal Counsel of Groundwork Ohio. We hope you will join us in this important conversation to learn more about Ready, Set, Soar Ohio's prenatal to age three agenda and how you can join us in this journey to make Ohio the best place to be a young child.


Advancing Early Learning & Healthy Development Strategies in Ohio

We were thrilled to hear from Governor Mike DeWine during Tuesday's National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit. During his remarks, Governor Mike DeWine provided an encouraging update on the current state of Ohio's prenatal to three programs and his plans looking forward. 


Join the Crane Center Early Childhood Research and Policy for their 7th annual Symposium on Children focused on anti-bias and anti-racist practices in early childhood education.

Led by keynote speaker and author of a new book on anti-bias and anti-racist practices in early education, Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka, Chief Research Innovation Officer and Director of the Center for Early Education Research and Evaluation at HighScope Educational Research Foundation, will engage with participants on how they can embrace anti-bias and anti-racist practices. Participants will then opt into a breakout discussion before coming back together to hear about practitioner best practices and policy leaders’ vision for early childhood equity. Join the Crane Center for part or all of this free, half-day event by clicking the button below.


September 30th Census Deadline Quickly Approaching

We are so close to the Census finish line and we need your help in ensuring that we count everyone living in Ohio, especially young children under the age of 6. Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a Census of every person living within the United States to be used as a tool when determining how the federal government will allocate over $800 million each year to each state. Unfortunately, young children continue to be one of the most undercounted populations in the Census.

Leading up to the September 30th Census response deadline, we need you to reach out to your networks to tell them that young children are counting on us to ensure that we have the support needed to fund their future. The Census only occurs every ten years, meaning that if we do not have a full count of our youngest citizens, we will fall short in funding their future for the next 10 years!


Join Us for #SaveChildCare Wednesdays in September

Groundwork Ohio, along with our state and national early childhood advocacy partners, are participating in weekly days of action each Wednesday throughout September to #SaveChildCare

This past Wednesday, we focused on sharing the need for Congressional support for child care AND K-12 schools. While more details are forthcoming for next Wednesday's advocacy day, we are encouraging folks to mark their calendar for this day of action. We will send you the details closer to the date.

Did you miss this week's day of action? You can still reach out to Congress to share why they must immediately pass $50 billion to stabilize child care and $200 billion for K-12 education.


Want to increase your impact? Share this message with family, friends, and colleagues now!


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