Groundwork Ohio this week announced Myra Jones-Taylor as keynote speaker for our upcoming Laying the Groundwork: Early Childhood Awareness and Education Summit on May 8, 2019 at the Athletic Club of Columbus. Myra Jones-Taylor is the Chief Policy Officer at ZERO TO THREE, the national leader on infant-toddler policy and program development. There, she oversees the Policy Center, which includes federal and state policy and advocacy; leads the development and implementation of the organization’s policy agenda, priorities and strategies; and serves as the principal spokesperson for the organization on public policy matters with policymakers, the media, funders and partner organizations.
The Laying the Groundwork Summit will convene more than 300 early childhood leaders from across the state to bring awareness to the importance of investments in early childhood education, especially evidence-based home visiting and high-quality child care and preschool. Advocacy Day participants will have the opportunity to meet directly with legislators to ask that they support investments in quality early education during the upcoming FY 20-21 budget.
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Learn to Earn Dayton's 10th Annual Readiness Summit
Each spring educators, community leaders, elected officials and representatives of social service organizations from across the Dayton region come together for a day-long Readiness Summit. Today, we are honored to join those child advocates for Learn to Earn Dayton's 10th Annual Readiness Summit.
Groundwork will be sharing data from the Ohio Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity Report, providing an advocacy training workshop for stakeholders who want to further engage in state policy, and collecting feedback from attendees on the barriers their communities face to achieving equitable outcomes for Ohio kids! If you'll be at the Summit, be sure to come visit us!
Governor DeWine Announces Increased Investment in Family and Children Services
This week, Governor Mike DeWine recommended a $74 million annual increase for Family and Children Services in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for the upcoming 2020-2021 budget biennium.
“For too long our state has been last in the nation for state support of foster care. As budgets are strained by an influx of children needing care because one or more of their parents has substance use disorder, our foster care system is at a critical juncture. Ohio’s children deserve better.” said Governor DeWine. “This budget is an investment in our children. Not only are we expanding proven programs, but we are providing the resources and flexibility to local children services agencies so they can focus more on caring for children.”
Policy Director Lynanne Gutierrez Announced as Keynote Speaker for Eastern Ohio Education Partnership Council Meeting
The 2019 EOEP Regional Council meeting will bring the eastern Ohio community together to review local data and show how it impacts students - cradle to career. Groundwork Ohio will be sharing findings from the Ohio Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity Report and collecting stories from attendees about the barriers the community faces to achieving equitable outcomes for kids.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 7:30 a.m. - Noon
WHERE: The Raymond John Wean Foundation
147 W. Market Street, Warren, Ohio 44481
If you wish to attend, please register by March 22nd at the latest!