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Advocacy Day - March 22, 2017

Athletic Club of Columbus

136 E Board Street, Columbus OHIO

10 am registration - $15 per person

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Governor Kasich and the leaders of state agencies will be announcing proposals for the Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Budget in the coming weeks. As your legislators work on these details, meet in Committees, and vote on issues, they will be making decisions about you, your program, and the families enrolled in your program. We need to work together to make sure our Legislators hear about childcare, early education, and afterschool programs in Ohio. Every voice counts and we’re going to need every voice this year!

You are not alone. You have The Alliance working with you:  Action for Children, Early Care and Education Consortium, Ohio Alliance of YMCAs, OACCP and Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association.  We will all talk with our own legislators also and give them the latest facts and stories about our teachers, staff and family.

Please consider spending the day with us and sharing your stories with your legislators!

10:00 — Registration Opens

10:15 — Welcome and Introduction

10:30 —  Policy & You:  Tips for Success & Talking Points

11:30— Guest Speakers

12:00— Lunch

1-4:00— Meet w/ Representatives and Senators

 

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The Ohio Association of Child Care Providers is committed to speaking with ONE voice on behalf of providers in the state of Ohio.  

In 2016 we expanded our advocacy efforts to include the facilitation of on-site visits from legislators to their constituent providers.    From May to the present time, we have arranged and supported over 35 LEGISLATIVE VISITS throughout the state.

Legislators were able to visit with individual child care providers within their own districts, enjoy a brief tour of the facility, meet teachers and children, and then participate in a discussion of pertinent child care issues that will be voted on in the next budget cycle of 2017. 

Legislators and providers alike enjoyed these experiences, and legislators were able to see first-hand the markers of high quality and costs associated with them.   It is the role of OACCP to inform our legislators about the cost of doing business so they can consider our requests in an educated manner.   Our goal is for them to vote on the behalf of providers’ needs and to support our work.

 

 

OUR PLAN OF ACTION FOR 2017

  • We will continue our lobbying efforts

  • We are implementing a state wide initiative to get ALL Ohio businesses to join our fight to change the current unfair policies in Ohio that are causing more and more centers to close their doors. After all, every business in Ohio depends on the availability of child care centers to serve the needs of their employees. An adequate supply of child care centers WILL BENEFIT all businesses because it will help them to attract and retain dependable and productive employees.

  • We are increasing our efforts to get the news media to cover our struggle

  • We will be sending a survey to all providers in the state of Ohio to alert them to these changes and to elicit support for our advocacy efforts.    We will need a groundswell of opinions from all providers to effect a change.

  • We are drafting a formal letter to be submitted to the Governor’s Office indicating that providers are small businesses who need his support to keep operating in the black.   We all want high quality for our youngest citizens, but need the funding support that is necessary to achieve and maintain quality initiatives.    Reimbursement rates must rise, and quality achievement awards cannot be eliminated without balancing that loss with even higher tiered reimbursements.

 

TWO WAYS TO HELP:

  • We are organizing Legislative Visits for the 29 newly elected Representatives to inform them about the issues surrounding inadequate funding, and the cost of high-quality child care.

  • We are working with other advocates to form a Legislative Caucus based on the 35 Legislative Visits which took place in 2016.  Once legislators can see the value and expense of quality child care first hand, they are able to vote efficiently and support our causes.

Please join us as we work together to support providers and high-quality child care.

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