The Early Childhood Hunger Imperative
Early childhood education must be the top priority for policymakers. Research is clear: Learning begins when a baby is born. Nurturing a baby’s brain with information is therefore very important. For a baby’s brain to develop, fuel is needed to build strong neuron connections. That fuel comes in part from good nutrition. Too many of Ohio’s babies are hungry and not receiving the fuel they need for their brains to reach their full potential.
January 28, 2016
Reaching Ohio's Ethnic Minority Children
Ensuring that families of all ethnic backgrounds access the health care they need to be healthy is one of the most important things we can do for our nation’s children. This report takes a snapshot of the Asian, African, and Latino populations in Ohio, and makes culturally-competent, community-driven recommendations about how to better enroll ethnic minority children and ensure that they are using their health coverage.
August 3, 2015
ICHIA Fact Sheet - Immigrant Eligibility for Medicaid
In doing research for Reaching Ohio's Ethnic Minority Children, CDF-Ohio discovered that Ohio has adopted a provision that makes all lawfully-residing immigrant children and pregnant women in Ohio eligible for Medicaid coverage without the need to wait five years after entering the U.S., as other lawfully-residing immigrants must do. This eligibility change and what Medicaid covers are summarized in this short, two page flyer.
August 1, 2015
Addressing Children's Trauma: A Toolkit for Schools
As a follow-up to our 2014 issue brief, Building Trauma-Informed Systems of Care for Children in Ohio, CDF-Ohio teamed up with Policy Matters Ohio to explore further how schools can implement (and in some cases, are implementing) trauma-informed care. This issue brief reviews how trauma impacts children's brain development, ability to learn, and behavior, and provides more detail about how schools can and should work to better serve students who experience trauma.
July 28, 2015
Health Disparities Are Leaving Ohio's Rural Children Behind
Ohio's rural children face unique challenges arising from high levels of poverty in Appalachian counties and growing poverty rates in non-Appalachian rural counties. The health disparities that impact Ohio's rural children need urgent attention, and require unique solutions. This issue brief examines the health disparities impacting Ohio's rural children and makes recommendations so that Ohio policymakers can better address their needs.
August 1, 2014
Building Trauma-Informed Systems of Care
Exposure to trauma, such as community or domestic violence, abuse, an accident, or the loss of a parent, has a profound and negative impact on Ohio children. This issue brief explains how trauma impacts children’s physical, mental, behavioral, and emotional well-being, and is a significant risk factor for a host of bad outcomes for children, including alcohol and drug abuse, disease, disability, and social problems. The brief goes on to explain that children who have been traumatized need trauma-informed intervention and care to prevent a lifetime of health, learning, and behavioral issues. Finally, the brief lists recommendations for building broader, stronger, more integrated trauma-informed systems of care in Ohio’s schools, juvenile justice institutions, and other child-serving organizations.
January 15, 2014
Preventing Firearm Injuries and Fatalities Among Ohio’s Youth: The Need to Implement a Comprehensive and Effective Child Access Prevention Law in Ohio
In the wake of the Newtown massacre when 20 six and seven-year-olds were killed, we find compelling evidence that a new law could protect Ohio's children from such a tragedy. This CDF-Ohio policy brief calls for the Ohio legislature to enact a Child Access Prevention Law (CAP) law that would require all guns to be stored safely and securely in any place. Evidence shows that CAP laws prevent gun deaths and injuries among children and teenagers, and reduce the significant economic, psychological, and emotional costs from gun violence.
December 1, 2012
Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Detention Facilities
CDF-Ohio and the Children’s Law Center, Inc. collaborated to raise awareness and support for juvenile pretrial detention reform in Ohio. This brief outlines the need for early mental health screening in detention centers, and supports the use of validated screening tools and provision of confidentiality to youth undergoing screening to ensure effective screening and treatment of youth.
October 1, 2012
Achieving Educational Stability for Foster Youth in Ohio and the Impact of the Fostering Connections Legislation
Children placed in substitute care often face unique educational challenges. Not only are they forced to deal with the trauma resulting from abuse and neglect, they must also confront many other barriers to school success: removal from their homes, separation from their families and friends, and multiple placements into temporary homes and new school environments. This issue brief explores some of the barriers to educational stability that affect foster youth, provides an overview of recent legislation that addresses these challenges, and recommends specific changes to be made at both the state and federal levels.
November 1, 2011
The Face of Health Disparities Among Children in Ohio
The Face of Health Disparities Among Children in Ohio exposes significant health disparities and inequitable access to health care among Ohio’s racial minority and low-income children. This issue brief examines trends in health outcomes among children in Ohio, highlights the barriers to an equitable system of care and provides an overview of four key strategies to help ensure all children and pregnant women in Ohio, access to comprehensive health care.
April 1, 2009