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Advocacy, Research & Community Building
Invest in Children is committed to mobilizing the community on behalf of our youngest children to advocate for policy and practices at the local, state and federal levels that benefit our youngest children.
Invest in Children is partners with the following organizations:
Giving Ohio's Children a Fair Start
Started in 2004, groundWork is a nonpartisan, research-based child advocacy initiative established by a broad cross-section of organizations, concerned citizens, and community leaders working to increase access to high-quality early childhood supports for all of Ohio's children and families.
groundWork is based on research showing that investments in high-quality early care and education result in significantly increased school readiness, student success, and overall economic returns to the state. Together with our partners, groundWork is promoting smart state and federal early childhood investments utilizing the following strategies:
- Mobilizing individuals and organizations across Ohio to speak out for the interests of Ohio's early childhood priorities.
- Conducting research and data analysis to develop credible information to help drive public policy.
- Using an array of communication strategies to increase awareness of key constituencies.
- Engaging in government relations to advance the interests of Ohio's youngest children with state and federal governments.
For how to get involved in this effort and to get more information, visit the website at www.groundworkohio.org.
For information on how to become an early care and education advocate in partnership with Invest in Children and groundWork, please contact:
Invest in Children
Office of Early Childhood/Cuyahoga County
Voices for Ohio's Children
Voices for Ohio's Children is a non-partisan group of public, not-for-profit and private sector organizations and individuals who share a mutual concern about improving the well-being of our community’s children and their families. Through a collaborative effort and a collective voice, Voices promotes improvements in the well being of our community's children and their families.
3634 Euclid Avenue, Suite 101
Cleveland, OH 44115
A non-profit alliance of organizations working to ensure that policies, programs, and services are responsive to the needs of Ohio families.
The Build Initiative is a multi-state partnership. They support efforts to make sure that children from birth through age five are safe, healthy, eager to learn and ready to succeed in school.
Current programs, policies and services for young children and their families often operate in isolation, at cross purposes, or without enough resources to meet critical needs. Build invests private funds to stimulate public investments in early learning.
Their mission is to help each state build a coordinated system of programs, policies and services that:
- responds to the needs of families
- carefully uses public and private resources
- effectively prepares young children for a successful future.
5313 Pamela Circle
Cross Lanes, WV 25313
Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association
The Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA) promotes the positive development of all children, especially those in out-of-home learning environments. OCCRRA's membership consists of resource and referral agencies providing services to families, early childhood professionals, and communities throughout Ohio. Each member agency maintains a regional database of child care providers, provides families with information on how to select care, increases the quality effectiveness of providers by offering professional development opportunities, and provides information to policy and decision makers.
6660 Doubletree Ave.
Columbus, OH 43229
Ohio Department of Health - Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow is Ohio’s birth to 3 system that provides state and federal funds to county Family and Children First Councils to be used in conjunction with state, local and other federal fund to implement and maintain a coordinated, community-based infrastructure that promotes trans-disciplinary, family-centered services for expectant parents, newborns, infants and toddlers and their families. The Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention Services is the lead agency administering the Help Me Grow program in Ohio. The Bureau ensures that:
- services to Part C eligible infants and toddlers are provided in accordance with federal Part C guidelines;
- families have access to the services which are needed to enhance their health and child's development; and
- training is available to ensure that professionals who work with children and families have up-to-date information.
Help Me Grow is administered through 88 county level offices throughout the state. Through the 88 counties, children and families in every county in Ohio can access early intervention services. Anyone can refer a child to Help Me Grow. In order to refer a child to HMG for an evaluation, contact the central site office which serves the county in which the child and family reside.
246 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents. Based in Cleveland, the Center views the city as both a tool for building communities and producing change locally, and as a representative urban center from which nationally-relevant research and policy implications can be drawn.
The Children's Museum of Cleveland
The Children’s Museum is the only institution in Cleveland completely dedicated to the overall development of young children, ages birth to eight years, through family learning. In its twenty-first year of operation, the Museum continues in its mission to provide exhibits and programs that enhance child development - a place where thousands of young children annually Discover the World and Learn through Play!
10730 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Oh 44106 (In University Circle)
The Healthy Fathering Collaborative
A Network of Social Services Agencies Serving Fathers and Families in Northeast Ohio.
Established by the Community Endeavors Foundation in August 2001 as a working group of service providers and funders providing services to low- income fathers in Greater Cleveland. The group meets bi-monthly, rotating the meeting among agency sites, allowing the members of the collaborative to become more familiar with each other's programs. The collaborative is guided by three goals:
- A sharing of ideas, inspirations, frustrations and innovations in client recruitment and service delivery.
- The coordination of existing services where clients, catchment areas and goals may overlap.
- The development of new collaborative models of service delivery.
Administrative staffing of the Healthy Fathering Collaborative is provided by the Community Endeavors Foundation.
The collaborative includes all community-based and faith-based organizations serving fathers in Greater Cleveland, a few agencies in nearby Sandusky, Ohio and representatives of a number of City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County departments. The collaborative has been a success in a number of key ways.
- Sharing of resources, including program materials, transportation, curricula, space;
- Sharing of program ideas, focusing on replicating successful approaches;
- Coordinated promotion of services through creating a Social Service Resource Manual for Fathers and the “Just for Dads” referral sheet, a user-friendly resource designed for fathers; and
- Development of program collaborations, including public-private partnerships.
1667 East 40th Street, unit 3A
Cleveland, OH 44103
The Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative
The Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative (CCFI) seeks to strengthen families in our community by encouraging fathers to play a more active role in nurturing and raising their children. The Initiative responds to escalating social concerns regarding "father absence" by providing fathers with access to services designed to prepare them to better meet the emotional, psychological, and financial needs of their children. The CCFI also seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of father involvement.