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Rep. Lightbody announces appointment to Study Committee on Ohio's Publicly Funded Child Care and Step Up to Quality Program

December 8, 2021
Mary Lightbody News

COLUMBUS – Today, Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) announced that she was appointed to the Study Committee on Ohio’s Publicly Funded Child Care and Step Up to Quality Program. This committee was created in the 2022-23 state budget and will be focused on quality early learning initiatives and long-term sustainability for publicly funded child care in Ohio. The committee met for the first time today, and will meet monthly through 2022.

“A strong system for childcare is an investment in Ohio’s children, families, childcare providers, and businesses alike,” said Rep. Lightbody.


“As an educator, I know that when children arrive at the door of their pre-school or kindergarten classroom, those who have been stimulated, talked to, read to, and encouraged to be curious about the world around them arrive ready to learn. Significant investments are often required of schools in order to bridge the gap for students that do not have this foundation.

“High quality child care enables parents and caregivers to remain in the workforce and keep Ohio’s economy growing for all of our citizens. Working parents need quality childcare centers, making childcare a crucial issue for our workforce. Parents with access to childcare programs in which their children thrive are able to throw themselves into their work and to advance their careers, knowing their children are in good hands.

“I thank Leader Sykes for recommending me to be appointed to this committee and look forward to getting to work.”  

The brains of children develop more neurons from birth to age five than at any other time in their lives. This critical period of time has a lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. In the first few years of life, researchers have found more than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second. If those neurons and the connections are used, the brain retains them, the connections become more efficient, and early simply circuits form the foundation for more complex circuity that develop a few months further down the road. A child’s daily experiences determine which brain connections develop and these connections last for a lifetime.