As a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed to advancing quality early care and education, Ohio’s future prosperity and quality of life are very important Groundwork Ohio. We understand that our state’s economic success is linked to a productive workforce and secure, welcoming communities. What is not widely understood, however, is how much Ohio’s economy is influenced by the health and development of our youngest children who, in a matter of years, will be our workforce.
This is why so many renowned economists, business leaders and public safety officials understand that early care and education is a foundation for community and economic development, as capable children become the foundation of a prosperous and sustainable society.
The early years are a critical time when neurological connections create the foundation for future intellectual, emotional, social and physical development. Like building a new house or office building, establishing a strong foundation will determine the likelihood of success in the development, learning and behavior that will follow. Our brains develop through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Cognitive, emotional, and social capacities are inextricably intertwined, and learning, behavior and physical and mental health are all inter-related over the course of our lifetimes. Getting everything right the first time is easier and less costly than trying to fix it later.
2017 Advocacy Day: Help Groundwork Ohio spread these messages to Ohio's legislative leaders at our 2017 Advocacy Day where early childhood stakeholders from across the state will come together to bring awareness to the importance of investments in early childhood education.
Legislative speakers include Senator Manning, Representative Sprague, Senator Lehner, Senator Tavares, Representative Antonio, and Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof.
- 10:00 AM registration followed by a packed morning of informative programming with “special guests” to be announced
- Vitally important briefings with legislative offices beginning 1:15 PM at the Ohio Statehouse
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: The Athletic Club of Columbus 136 E. Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43215
How: Please visit https://www.groundworkohio.org/advocacyday and follow the prompts to register. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at lwolf@GroundworkOhio.org or (614)-204-6106.