As a father of eight children and 24 grandchildren, I have been able to see firsthand just how important it is to set kids up on a path for a successful future. I've spent my entire career advocating for Ohio's children and families. Our children are the future of our state, and we have a moral and economic imperative to do everything we can to give them the best possible start in life. We only have one shot to get it right. There is no dress rehearsal. That is why I created the Governor's Children's Initiative -- to align and enhance programs that help children arrive at kindergarten with the knowledge and skills to succeed in school and beyond.
Mental Health Summit
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, in conjunction with the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, hosted a free event called Building Resiliency: A Pediatric Mental Health Summit in September 2019 to help communities support the mental health needs of their children.
Governor DeWine has committed to increasing the quality of childcare across the state of Ohio. Quality child care is linked to better educational and social emotional outcomes for children, especially for our most vulnerable learners. Since coming into office, Governor DeWine has more than doubled the number of child care providers who are rated on Ohio's quality improvement rating system, called Step Up To Quality.
Through no fault of their own, too many Ohio youth are growing up with out the social and emotional skills to become healthy, productive adults. To ensure that all Ohio youth have access to a mental health professional in their school or child care center, Governor DeWine has expanded Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation services and launched a brand new program for K-12 schools called Student Wellness and Success.
Governor Mike DeWine has spent his career advocating for for the children and families touch by the children services system. Upon coming into office, one of his first acts was to elevate the role of children services within the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services by creating the Office of Children Services Transformation. This small team is focused on identifying ways to enhance Ohio's children services system to improve outcomes for the children it serves.
Governor Mike DeWine has set a bold goal of tripling the number of Ohio families that are served by Ohio's home visiting program, called Help Me Grow. Home visiting is a two-generational approach, or one that supports parents as well as children.