Ready, Set, Soar Ohio May Newsletter

You're Invited: Join Groundwork Ohio's Family Celebration on May 18th!

As a committed advocate for Ohio’s youngest children, Groundwork Ohio invites you to join families, early childhood professionals, community leaders, and policymakers on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 12:30PM ET outside the Ohio Statehouse for our 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 to 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.


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After you RSVP, be sure to invite your friends, family, and community members to join the Family Celebration! Download Groundwork's promotional toolkit for content you can share on social media, email, and more.


We look forward to celebrating Ohio families and their stories with you on Wednesday, May 18, 2022!

 

Ready, Set, Soar Ohio Coalition Meets to Discuss Equity and Policy Priorities

Last month, members of the Ready, Set, Soar Ohio coalition convened for a planning meeting to discuss the coalition's priorities. The group also participated in a great discussion about advancing equity so that every infant, toddler, and their family has the opportunity to thrive.


We thank members of the coalition for participating in this important and timely discussion. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the coalition and stakeholders throughout the state to advance our shared vision of making Ohio the very best place to be a young child!

 

Panel Discussion: How Policies & State Budgets Impact Health and Well-Being

Today, Friday, May 6 at noon ET, join the Ohio State University Roundtable on Actions Against Racism (ROAAR) for a virtual discussion on how policies and state budgets impact the health and well-being of a community. During the moderated discussion, you'll hear from early childhood experts and advocates like Groundwork Ohio President & CEO Shannon Jones and Franklin County Commissioner Erica C. Crawley!


ROAAR is a series of panel conversations featuring community, business, and government leaders along with Ohio State University health care experts addressing the issues of systemic racism. Each panelist is invited to share their expert opinion on the issue and provide one action item that their organization will implement to develop safe and healthy communities.

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ICYMI: Ready, Set, Soar Ohio Blog Series Celebrates #BlackMaternalHealthWeek

ICYMI: Last month, in celebration of Black Maternal Health Week, Ready, Set, Soar Ohio published a guest blog series highlighting the incredible work of local organizations in Ohio that are committed to advancing health equity and improving outcomes for Black mothers and infants.


You can read the blog series by clicking here or by checking out the individual blogs below:

Thank you to the individuals and organizations who contributed to the Black Maternal Health Week blog series!


Read the Blog Series >>

 

Join Us In Welcoming 3 New Members of the Groundwork Ohio Team!


Groundwork Ohio is thrilled to introduce the Ready, Set, Soar Ohio coalition to the newest members of Groundwork's growing team:


Cherrelle Turner,Director of the Center for Family Voice: As Director of the Center for Family Voice, Cherrelle drives the Center’s work to elevate the voices of families with young children in early childhood policy to achieve programmatic, policy, and practice changes at local, regional, and state levels.


Lindsay Ciavarelli, Director of the Center for Maternal & Young Child Health: As Director of the Center for Maternal & Young Child Health, Lindsay leads the Center’s work to improve health outcomes for women, young children, and their families.


Erin Ryan, Director of Policy Advocacy & External Affairs: As Director of Policy Advocacy & External Affairs, Erin advances Groundwork's mission by working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to drive forward bold policy change that strengthens children, families, and communities.


Meet the Groundwork Ohio Team >>

 

Parents as Teachers & Family First Prevention Act Webinar | Parents as Teachers National Center

Thursday, May 12th at 11:30 AM EST

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Family Celebration | Groundwork Ohio

Wednesday, May 18th at 12:30 PM EST

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Cross-Systems Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Young Children and Families: Using the Family First Prevention Services Act to Implement Early Child Programs | BUILD Initiative

Wednesday, May 18th at 2:00 PM EST

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Strengthening Campaigns through Media Advocacy | Voices for Healthy Kids

Tuesday, May 31st at 2:00 PM EST

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BUILD 2022 Virtual Conference | BUILD Initiative

Monday, July 11th through Wednesday, July 13

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