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Week of October 5th Round-Up

This week, we released a new report on equity for young children in Ohio. The release event included an overview of the report’s findings and a panel discussion with leading health and human services policymakers in the Ohio General Assembly. The report, Drafting a New Blueprint for Success: Reflections on Ohio Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity, serves as a follow-up to the organization’s groundbreaking 2018 report.

As part of this week's equity report release, Groundwork also encouraged stakeholders to take action by supporting current state and federal resolutions that are being considered to declare racism as a public health crisis. Recognizing that racism is a public health crisis is a step toward addressing the inequities and closing the existing gaps that far too many young children and their families are experiencing in our state. 


Join us on Tuesday, October 13th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. as we release a comprehensive and groundbreaking report on lead poisoning prevention titled, “Building the Way to a Healthier Future: Investigating a Path Forward to Ensure Ohio’s Youngest Children are Safe from Lead Paint Hazards in Child Care Settings.”  During the event, we will provide a high-level overview of the report followed by a panel discussion on child lead poisoning prevention featuring:

  • Gabriella Celeste, Ohio Lead Free Kids Coalition

  • Ami Cole, Molina Healthcare

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

  • Katie Kelly, PRE4CLE

The discussion will be facilitated by Lynanne Gutierrez, Assistant Director and Legal Counsel of Groundwork Ohio. We hope you will join us in this important conversation to learn more about how to prevent our most vulnerable from becoming lead poisoned. 

Join us on Tuesday, October 20th from 10:00-11:00 AM for the virtual release of our new child care workforce report. This new report explores state data, identifies the biggest challenges to advancing Ohio's child care profession, and identifies opportunities to better support early educators in child care settings. Featured discussion participants will include:

  • Julia Hohner, Groundwork Ohio

  • Debra Brathwaite, Preschool Promise

  • State Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard)

  • Misti Norman, Heavenly Kids Center for Learning

  • Kim Tice, Ohio AEYC


Ohioans Overwhelmingly Support Early Childhood Investments

A recent statewide public opinion survey commissioned by Groundwork demonstrates overwhelming support for investments in young children. The survey was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and includes 1,000 registered voters, with an additional oversample of 458 parents of children under the age of 12.

More now than ever, young children need you to show your support for early childhood investments when you communicate with candidates and as you cast your ballot. As candidates draft their public policy agendas, they need to hear it loud and clear that Ohioans want a better future for young children. If you don't know what to ask your candidates or how to show your support, check out our new "Ask the Candidates" guide by clicking here. You can also click here to access our new Facebook frame to add to your profile image to encourage others on your page to vote for children!

Our #OHVoteForChildren toolkit also provides you with an overview of why voting for children matters, key voting deadlines, how to vote this year, and sample messaging and graphics like the one above to share on your social media pages.


Attention Southwest Ohio and Miami Valley early childhood professionals! 4C for Children is hosting its Leadership and Early Childhood Conference on October 22-24 via the Whova app. Registered participants will have access to all three days of content so you can join sessions and networking events as your schedule allows. The conference will feature:

  • A daily keynote session featuring nationally-known experts

  • A variety of training times and lengths to best meet your needs

  • A virtual Exhibitor Fair with opportunities for live experiences with exhibitors

  • A Networking Lounge that allows live, virtual interaction with other attendees

Cost to attend the 2020 4C for Children Leadership and Early Childhood Conference is $30. 


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