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Founding Partners:

The George Gund Foundation


Ohio Children's Foundation

Pew Center on the States

United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Voices for Ohio's Children


Endorsing Partners:

Achievement Centers for Children

Action for Children

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio

Columbus Association for the Education of Young Children

Columbus Montessori Education Center

Mercy St. Vincent Healthy Connections

The MetroHealth System

National Association of Social Workers – Ohio Chapter

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Ohio Alliance of YMCAs

Ohio Association of Child Care Agencies

Ohio Association for Infant Mental Health

Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association

Ohio Family and Children First

Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association

Ready Set Soar

Regional Infant Hearing Program, Region V

William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation


Fact Sheet

Supporting quality-based programs for babies and their families
The Partnership is advocating for programs that focus on new and expectant families. Why? Because they save money. For example, medical costs related to low birthweight babies can skyrocket for Medicaid-covered patients. An ounce of prevention for pregnant mothers can make a huge difference in reducing these costs.
Some of our nation’s highest costs find their roots in the first years of life, in some cases before a child is even born. Child abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, poverty, school failure and crime often begin in early childhood when prevention programs are least available but can have the greatest impact.

Early prevention programs that are home-based are highly successful
When a program is proven, then it is worth expanding. With Ohio’s excellent home visiting programs, early childhood professionals play a leading role.
• They counsel parents, grandparents and siblings on taking care of babies.
• They provide personalized sessions that give practical advice.
• They answer questions about health, nutrition and babies’ development.
• They coach parents on responsibility and being good parents.