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The Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio understands that in order to be effective advocates for children, our work must be based on solid research and data. CDF-Ohio produces timely reports, data analyses, and policy briefs on a wide range of issues that affect Ohio’s children and families. As the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® project grantee, we are a leader in providing data and information on the well-being of children in Ohio.
By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children. As the state-level grantee in Ohio, CDF-Ohio develops data-driven products that provide a local picture of child well-being.
Rushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without first presenting a replacement plan that protects all families and children from loss of coverage and benefits would be a disaster for Ohio children. Before Congress undoes the very significant gains we have made over the past six years, it must provide a comprehensive replacement plan that works for ALL children. This fact sheet lists 14 items that are part of the ACA and directly benefit Ohio children. These provisions must be part of any ACA replacement plan.
January 27, 2017
Sources and additional resources for the Children and the Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet.
January 27, 2017
Fact sheet with data highlights and recommendations from Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action.
May 4, 2016
It is a critical time for Appalachian Ohio. CDF-Ohio continues its long commitment to this region by presenting this report, Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action. The report provides a current snapshot of the well-being of children in Ohio’s Appalachian region, identifies and prioritizes current needs and makes long-term recommendations for policy, outreach, community action, and regional focus.
May 4, 2016
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
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
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
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
This issue brief explores the vast negative physical, psychological, and developmental consequences of seclusion and restraint on children, as well as the ways that seclusion and restraint destroy school culture and are often unfairly and arbitrarily used to target students of color and students with disabilities. Although Ohio has relatively new regulations intending to limit the use of seclusion and restraint in schools, the current policies are not sufficient to protect children. Preventing Seclusion and Restraint in Ohio's Schools, therefore, proposes alternative policies that would further limit the use of these aversive practices, with a goal of eliminating, or, at a minimum, reducing the use of seclusion and restraint in Ohio schools and better protecting all Ohio children from the profound harm that results from these practices.
February 1, 2015
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