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.
Watch our new video below 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 Ohio's budget blog series features stories from child care professionals, families, business leaders, and community members on why there's an urgent need in their communities to expand access to quality child care. In the state biennial budget, Ohio legislators have the opportunity to increase eligibility for the state's publicly funded child care program from 130% of the Federal Poverty Level to 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. Read our child care budget fact sheet to learn more about why there is an urgent need to increase access to quality child care. Take action today by contacting your Senator urging their support for expanding eligibility by clicking here.