CALL TO ACTION:
Tell Ohio Policymakers to Invest in Ohio’s Child Care Workforce and Families!

OHIO BUDGET UPDATE:

The Ohio House introduced its version of the Governor’s proposed budget this week: House Bill 33 (HB 33), which removes crucial investments into Ohio’s Child Care system, to help stabilize the workforce and provide access to child care for families.

Additional investments are needed in child care to support our workforce today and our workforce for tomorrow. Ohio continues to experience a child care crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as employers in our community struggle to find adequate staffing. In December 2022, Starting Point’s Child Care Workforce Survey showed an estimated 2,500 vacant child care positions in child care programs in Northeast Ohio, representing a 20% reduction in workforce in the field. Child care programs report classroom closures and waiting lists, and families are struggling to find accessible care.

Starting Point urges the restoration of funds that will support the child care workforce. These requests include:

  • Restore the $150 million of ARPA funding dedicated in the original version of HB-33 to support child care scholarships and development of additional capacity in available infant-toddler care.
  • Support for an amendment to add $30 million in new GFR dollars dedicated to award child care infrastructure grants.

STARTING POINT URGES OHIO HOUSE POLICYMAKERS TO
RESTORE FUNDING THAT WILL FURTHER SUPPORT
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

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