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House Passes Budget with Investments in Early Learning

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bipartisan budget that includes a $10 million investment in access to high-quality early childhood education.

Thank your Representative today! This investment would be a great start to helping Ohio families enroll in high-quality programs, and a great effort to helping providers like you maintain quality.

ECEC, with our partners in the Alliance of Early Learning Advocates, will keep you posted as another round of work comes together in the Senate.

                Resources:

House of Representatives press release

Are You Star-Rated?

This handy map from ODJFS shows the Step Up to Quality star-rated programs across Ohio as of March 2013. Find your dot!

Ohio Advocacy Day a Great Success!

On March 20, advocates from the Early Care and Education Consortium, Ohio Association of Child Care Providers, the Ohio Alliance of YMCAs, Action for Children and the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral agencies were in Columbus to talk with legislators and give them the latest facts and stories about our teachers, staff and families.

Resources
Schedule at a Glance and Tips
Telling Your Story to Legislators

Governor Kasich’s Budget Proposal

On February 4, Governor Kasich released his budget proposal for the FY2014-2015 biennium. He also unveiled his new education reform plan, “Achievement Everywhere,” which includes an early childhood education component. Districts with high enrollment of disadvantaged children may receive additional funding for quality preschool..

What’s Next?
This is just the start of the budget process in Ohio, but hearings and advocacy are already underway! We will be working with our partners in the Alliance of Early Learning Advocates – Action for Children, the Ohio Alliance of YMCAs, the Ohio Association of Child Care Providers, and the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association – to help the Legislature understand that child care is early learning and needs to be a priority in the final budget.

The new session of the Ohio State Legislature Underway!

State Representatives and State Senators have returned to the Capitol to begin the new session of the Legislature. As they write bills, meet in Committees, and vote on issues, they will be making decisions about you, your early childhood program, and the families enrolled in your center.  We’ll need to work together to make sure our Legislators hear about early care and education in Ohio!  Please sign up for Ohio action alerts from ECEC!

New Early Childhood Website

The Ohio Departments of Education, Job and Family Services, Health, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announced a new website for early childhood programs. Use the new website find out the latest about the latest about Ohio’s Race to the Top grant work and news.