We believe that every child deserves the opportunity for a strong start in life. Groundwork Ohio is only the statewide advocate solely focused on public policy for young children. In collaboration with our partners and program participants, we represent young children to our state government, especially those most at-risk for poor outcomes.
Starting Early: The basic principles of neuroscience demonstrate that early preventive intervention is more efficient and produce more favorable outcomes than remediation later in life. As we advance early learning and healthy development strategies to support all young children, we have to ensure that they reflect brain science by meeting the unique needs of children age birth through three years old.
Systems Framework: We approach this work from a systems perspective, recognizing the whole child, to promote alignment and avoid the creation of or deepening of silos and gaps among the many resources, programs, services and funding streams that young children and their families require.
Equity: All children deserve the chance to learn, grow, and reach their full potential but not all children have access to the same quality environments and interventions. Race, geography, age, gender, and physical and intellectual ability play a determinative role in the gaps that emerge early and persist throughout the lifespan.
Research-Informed & Data-Driven: We use data to determine needs, measure outcomes, and evaluate impact to ensure programs and systems are best supporting children and families.
Targeted Investments: We prioritize public investments that have proven outcomes for children and
offer a high return on taxpayer dollars.
Continuum of Support: We understand that early childhood interventions are the foundation of a strong continuum of services for at-risk kids that support healthy development and learning throughout childhood and beyond.
Collaboration: The State of Ohio has a vision for young children in Ohio and we will promote a shared vision when possible.