child care

Bipartisan bill could make it easier for parents to run for Ohio office

BY: - May 16, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   A bipartisan bill in the Ohio House could encourage parents to […]

Ohio Gov. DeWine announces $650 million for child care providers

BY: - March 15, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   While visiting the Columbus Early Learning Center (CELC) Friday, Gov. DeWine […]

Biden says ‘big chunks’ of his spending bill could still succeed, including climate plan

BY: - January 21, 2022

President Joe Biden said Wednesday the climate and child care provisions in his domestic spending agenda could still become law this year, even as the larger plan has stalled in the Senate over other items that Biden conceded may not pass — such as an expanded child tax credit. In a nearly two-hour news conference, […]

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Spending $2 trillion on child care, health care and climate change won’t make inflation any worse

BY: - December 17, 2021

By Michael Klein, Tufts University One of the main concerns raised by critics of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan is that it will drive up inflation, which is already running at the fastest pace in four decades. The Senate is currently considering a roughly US$2 trillion bill passed by the House that would […]

Child care an ‘economic issue,’ advocates say

BY: - December 10, 2021

Child care has been brought up more and more with the pandemic causing shortages in services and employment losses preventing families from being able to afford it. Child care and early childhood education in the state and country is more and more vital, according to a new study by Groundwork Ohio. The public policy research […]

How paid leave, a tax cut for the rich and more could get axed from Biden’s social policy bill

BY: and - November 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cheered on the floor of the U.S. House after approving President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill. But a major struggle lies ahead in the coming month in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats cannot lose any votes within their party if they are to send the so-called Build Back Better measure […]

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Giving thanks for vaccines, investments in American people, and those fighting gerrymandering

BY: - November 24, 2021

“Unfurrow your brow.” My mom’s frequent admonition to her easily impassioned daughter. I need a lot of reminding. I feel like I’ve been furrowing my forehead nonstop for almost two years straight. But on Turkey Day, I will take a moment, if not the whole day, to unknit that brow and give thanks for small […]

Analysis: Child tax credit provides needed stability amid pandemic recovery

BY: - October 8, 2021

An analysis by an Ohio-based think tank says the expanded child tax credit has given life to families who were already struggling before the pandemic began, but sank further amid job losses and increased child care needs. The child tax credit was expanded temporarily in March as part of the federal American Rescue Plan, raising […]

How the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work

BY: - July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is about to hit the bank accounts of millions of U.S. parents. Starting next week and ending in December, the vast majority of U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments as a result of changes […]

Child care budget: Step Up to Quality remains, low-income care boosted

BY: - July 2, 2021

Child care in the state will still have one standard-making process that was nearly cut from the state budget, while other investments in broadband and publicly-funded child care come with praise from Ohio advocates. Leaders of child care facilities and policy advocates in the state were worried that Step Up to Quality, the state’s standard-monitoring […]

Survey: Ohio middle-of-the-road on education, child health and economic well-being

BY: - June 22, 2021

In a national survey on child well-being, Ohio was middle of the pack when it came to growth indicators. The data, collected through the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Ohio 31st nationally in overall child well-being, calculated using indicators of economic well-being, education, health, and family and community context. Compared to 2019 numbers, Ohio was […]

Child care leaders ‘outraged’ at state Senate’s removal of quality system in budget proposal

BY: - June 7, 2021

The removal of the Step Up to Quality child care standards system as proposed in the Ohio Senate’s version of the budget was not only against the wishes of some child care leaders, but also came without any warning. “It was calculated,” said Dawn Blalock, co-owner of the Little Miracles Early Development Center. “It was […]