Governor Mike DeWine and Nan Whaley to Participate in Vote for Ohio Kids Forum



Gubernatorial Candidates to join healthcare and early childhood experts and business leaders in the Vote for Ohio Kids Leadership Forum on October 6, 2022


For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, August 2, 2022


Contact: Becca Thomas bthomas@groundworkohio.org


COLUMBUS, OH – Today, Vote for Ohio Kids announced that Governor Mike DeWine and Nan Whaley have officially accepted invitations to participate in the Vote for Ohio Kids Leadership Forum on Thursday, October 6 in Columbus.

Vote for Ohio Kids is a coalition of business, education, and healthcare leaders dedicated to driving a powerful agenda that embraces the idea that investing to provide a strong foundation for kids and their families is integral to a healthier, more productive, and economically vibrant Ohio. “We’re thrilled to provide a platform for our gubernatorial candidates to lay out their visions for supporting the well-being and healthy development of Ohio’s children,” said Shannon Jones, President and CEO of Groundwork Ohio. “With the COVID-19 pandemic’s far-reaching negative impacts on children and their families, there has never been a more critical moment for our elected leaders to embrace a path forward that provides a strong foundation for Ohio kids.” Groundwork Ohio, the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, and Ohio Excels are leading Vote for Ohio Kids, a nonpartisan initiative in partnership with business, education, and healthcare leaders from across the state. The coalition includes more than 50 business leaders in Ohio because they understand that their success goes hand-in-hand with children’s mental health, healthy development, and access to affordable, high-quality systems of support. The leaders of Vote for Ohio Kids recently authored an op-ed in the Columbus Dispatch on the importance of Ohio’s gubernatorial candidates putting our state’s children at the forefront of their agendas. More information about the forum on October 6, which is currently open for attendance through sponsorships, is available here.


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About Vote for Ohio Kids


Vote for Ohio Kids is a nonpartisan statewide effort dedicated to ensuring all 2022 gubernatorial candidates prioritize policies for and investments in children and their families to achieve equity and secure a strong future for Ohio. The initiative is led jointly by Groundwork Ohio, the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, and Ohio Excels in partnership with business, healthcare, and early education leaders as well as child advocates from around the state. To learn more about Vote for Ohio Kids, visit www.VoteforOhioKids.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


About the Founders

Groundwork Ohio is a committed, nonpartisan public-policy research and advocacy organization formed in 2004 that champions high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies from the prenatal period to age 5, that lay a strong foundation for Ohio kids, families, and communities. Through our unique “centers for excellence” – the Center for Family Voice, the Center for Early Learning, and the Center for Maternal and Young Child Health – Groundwork Ohio is committed to making Ohio the best place to be a young child so that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. To learn more about Groundwork Ohio, visit www.GroundworkOhio.org and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


The Ohio Children’s Hospital Association is the voice of Ohio’s youngest patients, their families and health care providers. Our six member hospitals and their nearly 40,000 employees are dedicated to saving, protecting and enhancing children’s lives. Nothing matters more to the future of our state, nation and world than protecting the health and well-being of our children. Sustaining and growing Ohio’s investment in saving, protecting and enhancing the lives of children is both good medicine and sound public policy. To learn more about the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, visit www.ohiochildrenshospitals.org and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


Ohio Excels is a nonpartisan coalition of business leaders committed to helping improve education for every Ohio student. Our vision is to ensure all Ohio students have access to and are supported to excel in early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary experiences that prepare them for life and success in a changing economy. Ohio Excels provides an informed business perspective to help improve and transform Ohio’s education system so that it better prepares students to meet the demands of our evolving economy. To learn more about Ohio Excels, visit www.ohioexcels.org and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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