The persistent voices of our allies in Ohio have been instrumental in the recent state commitments to early childhood education, health, and family support.

State Allies:

Groundwork Ohio • Columbus, OH
Top Priorities for 2020

Incrementally expand income eligibility for quality child care subsidies as the Quality Rating and Improvement System increases the supply of quality care

Triple the number of children in evidence-based home visiting

Use Medicaid levers to better serve young children

Highlight the needs of the prenatal to three period and the early education workforce for policy makers before the 2021 budget process

Ensure that powerful prevention policies and the needs of young children at-risk of or in state custody are reflected in new legislature

In 2019, Ohio Advocates helped usher in expansions of numerous crucial programs for kids.

  • $30 Million to Be Used Towards Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs
  • $25 Million for the New Automatic Eligibility for Children Who Have Tested Positive for Lead and Babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Extended Medicaid Coverage to 12 Months after Delivery for new mothers
  • $5 million to create the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, to Support Child Literacy Efforts
  • Led the Pre-K Task Force that Made a Business Case for Pre-K Expansion and Put the State on Track to Fully Fund First Class Pre-K in the Next Four Years
  • $10 Million to Support Quality Workforce Efforts

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving systemic, long-lasting change for Ohio’s young children by providing state allies with powerful advantages.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

News from Ohio:


Ohio Expands Access to Early Childhood Mental Health Services

In an effort to further support the health and wellbeing of Ohio’s youngest children, Governor DeWine recently announced grant awards to expand early childhood mental health services across the state. Through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and the Governor’s Office of Children’s Initiatives, nearly $1 million in grants were awarded to 12 Ohio mental health providers

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Ohio Advocates and Supporters Creating a Bright Future for Their State’s Children, Families, and Communities

Ohio’s 2019 state budget process had an unprecedented focus on investing in Ohio’s youngest children. Lynanne Gutierrez, Policy Director and Legal Counsel for Groundwork Ohio, reports on their team’s work throughout the year meeting with and connecting stakeholders to policymakers, engaging legislative staff, and elevating the issues facing Ohio’s young children.

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