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Ready, Set, Soar Ohio April Newsletter

You're Invited to Explore Groundwork's Early Childhood Dashboard Preview

Last month, Groundwork Ohio released its Early Childhood Dashboard Preview, which outlines Ohio’s performance on 20 key early childhood metrics. The Early Childhood Dashboard Preview is a precursor to a first-of-its-kind, more comprehensive Early Childhood Dashboard that will be released in 2023. Ultimately, the Early Childhood Dashboard will be a tool to track Ohio’s performance on key early childhood metrics and illuminate areas where the state needs increased investment, focused attention, and urgent action.

Over the next year, Groundwork Ohio will gather feedback on the Dashboard Preview to inform development of the 2023 Dashboard. As part of this process, Groundwork will consult with and solicit feedback from early childhood experts, families, community organizations, providers, and other early childhood stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels.

As a member of the Ready, Set, Soar Ohio coalition, Groundwork Ohio invites you to check out the Early Childhood Dashboard Preview and share your feedback.


Coming Soon to Ready, Set, Soar Ohio: Black Maternal Health Week Blog Series!

Mark your calendars: Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) is April 11-17, 2022! Founded and led by Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Black Maternal Health Week is a week of awareness and community building intended to deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the United States; amplify community-driven policy, research, and care solutions; center the voices of Black mothers, women, families, and stakeholders; and more.

In celebration of Black Maternal Health Week, Ready, Set, Soar Ohio will be publishing a guest blog series throughout BMHW highlighting the incredible work of local organizations in Ohio that are committed to advancing health equity and improving outcomes for Black mothers and infants.

Stay tuned for more information on our guest blog series, and be sure to follow Ready, Set, Soar Ohio on Twitter and Facebook!


RSVP: Join a Family Celebration at the Ohio Statehouse on May 18, 2022!

Ohio families, parents, and caregivers with infants and young children deserve to be respected, valued, heard…and celebrated!

Join Ohio families, early childhood professionals, community leaders, and policymakers on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 12:30PM ET to 2:00PM ET outside the Ohio Statehouse for Groundwork Ohio’s Family Celebration, a kid-friendly celebration of families with infants, toddlers, and young children.

At the Family Celebration, you’ll join hundreds of Ohioans from across the state to show your support for parents, families, and caregivers of Ohio’s youngest children. You’ll also cheer on members of Groundwork Ohio’s Family Action Network, who will be at the Statehouse the morning of May 18th to share their stories and experiences with state legislators!


Ohio's Extension of Postpartum Health Coverage to Take Effect April 1, 2022

Last year, as part of Ohio's biennial state budget, state policymakers and Governor DeWine approved a provision that extends postpartum coverage for Medicaid-eligible pregnant women from 60 days to 12 months. Thanks to this provision, approximately 10,000 additional women will maintain access to critical health services after pregnancy.

We're excited to share that Ohio's postpartum extension goes into effect today, April 1, 2022!

Recently, the American Heart Association – a member of the Ready, Set, Soar Ohio coalition – published a blog explaining what the extension means for Ohio's new moms, and why it is a powerful tool for helping more babies and mothers survive and thrive.


Job Opportunity: Director, Center for Family Voice at Groundwork Ohio

Groundwork Ohio is seeking applicants for the Director of the Center for Family Voice! Groundwork's Center for Family Voice is dedicated to authentically engaging Ohio parents and families with young children in the policies and practices that impact the healthy development of their children. The Director of the Center for Family Voice will oversee Center activities and drive the Center’s work to elevate the voices of families with young children in early childhood policy and advocacy to achieve programmatic, policy, and practice changes at local, regional, and state levels.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply by Monday, April 4, 2022. Check out the job description for more information on this exciting new role and how to apply!


Funding Opportunity: Ohio Health Improvement Zones (OHIZ) Pilot Project

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Office of Health Opportunity is pleased to announce a request for proposals (RFP) has been posted for the Ohio Health Improvement Zones (OHIZ) Pilot Project.

Organizations are invited to submit proposals focused on establishing or expanding place-based initiatives seeking to address social determinants of health and improve healthy behaviors of residents. The primary goal of this RFP is to increase meaningful community engagement and cross sector collaboration to develop community-driven solutions to create meaningful and lasting change needed to improve health of the community. To review the RFP, instructions, and associated deadlines, click here. ODH encourages the immediate submission of the Notice of Intent to Apply for Funding.


Join the Queens Village Movement: Apply for the 2022 Learning Cohort

Last year, Cradle Cincinnati – a member of the Ready, Set, Soar Ohio coalition – launched the inaugural Queens Village Learning Cohort, spreading the Queens Village model to seven other communities in Ohio and across the country. Now, Queens Village has five chapters in Ohio (Toledo, Canton, Columbus, Dayton, Youngstown) as well as in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Baltimore, Maryland.

As they expand to new cities, Cradle Cincinnati invites organizations across the country to join the movement by applying for the 2022 Queens Village Learning Cohort! Applications are due Friday, April 15th.

The Queens Village Learning Cohort brings together powerful Black women from like-minded organizations and thought leaders across the country to learn from the founding team, peers, and cohort alumni and to build Queens Villages in their communities to improve Black infant mortality from the ground up. Cohort members will learn tools and strategies to establish a Black women-led community advisory board, build their villages, fundraise for the work, tell their story, and more!


Parent Partnerships in Practice | ZERO TO THREE

Tuesday, April 5 at 1:00 PM EST

Return on Investment of the Help Me Grow Model & Implications for Early Childhood | The Institute for Child Success, SCIMHA, and the Help Me Grow National Center

Friday, April 8 at 1:00 PM EST

Government in Action Fireside Chat: Advancing Equitable Outcomes for Future Generations | National League of Cities

Thursday, April 14 at 2:00 PM ET

Black Maternal Health Week | Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA)

Monday, April 11 through Sunday, April 17

Child Welfare and Early Childhood Webinar Series | BUILD Initiative

Wednesday, April 20 at 2:00 PM EST

Neurodiversity and Early Childhood Development: Supporting Children and Parents | The Hunt Institute and Race & Education

Tuesday, April 26 at 2:00 PM EST

Family Celebration | Groundwork Ohio

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 12:30 PM EST


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