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CCAO has posted the “Building Brains, Building Communities: Why and How Should Local Policymakers Support a Prenatal to Three Agenda?” webinar. Click here for the Powerpoint. Click here for the recording.

About the webinar:
We know that the economic success of cities, counties, and our state is linked to a productive workforce and secure, welcoming communities. What is not widely understood, however, is how much Ohio’s economy is influenced by the health and development of our infants and toddlers who, in a matter of years, will be our workforce.

We explored the case for investing in children, prenatal to age three. Participants will be more knowledgeable of how to engage in local prenatal to three stakeholder and policy work including utilizing easy tools created for county commissioners about how to begin. Participants will also be provided resources created to support their work including county specific data and what other counties across Ohio and the nation are doing.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • How early learning and healthy development policies are effective prevention strategies for challenges county officials face every day.
  • What county officials can do to support Ohio’s youngest children and their families.
  • An introduction to the “Ready, Set, Soar: Early Investments, A Lifetime of Success” coalition-driven campaign effort led by Groundwork Ohio committed to ensuring that more pregnant women, infants, toddlers and their families have access to the support they need to be ready, set and soar to their full potential.

Our speaker is Commissioner Shannon Jones, who currently serves on the board of the Warren County Commission and is also on the board of CCAO. In addition to her public service, Shannon is the executive director of Groundwork Ohio (, a statewide, nonpartisan public-policy, research and advocacy organization formed in 2004 that advances high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies from the prenatal period to age five, that lays a strong foundation for Ohio kids, families and communities. Prior to her election to the Warren County Commission, Shannon served in the Ohio General Assembly for a decade as a state representative and a state senator.