early childhood education

National institute gives Ohio low ranking on preschool programs

BY: - August 30, 2023

A national ranking of preschool education across the country showed low marks for Ohio’s readiness when it comes to early childhood education. The National Institute for Early Education Research’s starting the school year looking at preschool offerings in each state at ages three and four, and spending per child. The institute used enrollment program data […]


How can we use policy to reduce disparities in Ohio?

BY: - July 25, 2023

Earlier this month, the Health Policy Institute of Ohio released a brief on the prevalence of racial disparities in Ohio. The study quantified the disparity between racial groups of Ohio at $79 billion from gaps in income, consumer spending, tax revenues, health care spending, productivity, and corrections spending. Racial inequality has economic implications, but it’s […]

Work still to be done for Ohio’s early childhood education, study shows

BY: - June 5, 2023

Access to early intervention and early childhood special education are “far from uniform” in Ohio and the nation, according to a national study. The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers Graduate School for Education conducted a state-by-state comparison of services “critical to improve learning and development” for children with special needs aged 3 […]

Ohio preschool enrollment and spending goes up, but still ranks low in national study

BY: - May 23, 2023

Despite preschool enrollment and state spending for programs increasing, Ohio ranked low in a new early childhood education report released last Thursday.  Ohio ranked 36th in enrollment at age 4 (10%) and 27th at enrollment at age 3 (2%), according to Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research.   “Ohio leaders must address this ongoing […]

Awaiting budget proposal, child advocates hope for more

BY: - January 27, 2023

As policymakers await the newest budget priorities to be laid out by Gov. Mike DeWine, advocates for the state’s children are hoping comprehensive child well-being will be at the top of the list. The Ohio Children’s Budget Coalition released their policy agenda for the 2024-2025 state budget, which they hope will include whole-child services to […]

More funding needed for Ohio early childhood education Head Start programs, study finds

BY: - December 6, 2022

In Ohio, less than one-third of children in poverty are enrolled in early childhood education Head Start programs, a national study found, and more investment is needed for the programs to succeed. The “State of Head Start and Early Head Start” report, done by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University, […]

Ohio ranks low in child spending, national study shows

BY: - May 3, 2022

A study comparing early childhood education in the nation showed reduced pre-school enrollment and stalled spending by the state to help educate young children. The COVID-19 pandemic is still causing issues in education of pre-schoolers, but many of the problems existed before the pandemic exacerbated them, according to the National Institution for Early Education Research. […]

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 […]