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Ohioans Lack Access To Affordable, Quality Childcare

A Kent, Ohio preschool in 2015. [Gabriel Kramer / Ideastream Public Media]
A Kent, Ohio preschool in 2015. [Gabriel Kramer / Ideastream Public Media]

The US Treasury department released a report last week calling the nation's childcare system 'unworkable.' 

Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen encouraged Congress to provide for funding toward affordable childcare. 

While support at the federal level seems somewhat encouraging, local advocates voice concerns that the state government hasn't made the issue of affordable, quality childcare for 3-5 year olds, enough of a priority. 

Also in this episode, two local economic development organizations, Team NEO, and the Fund for our Economic Future, released a report last week encouraging companies to think more thoroughly about 'location' - which could enable better recruitment of diverse workforces.

The report is titled "Where Matters" and suggests companies too often headquarter themselves in suburbs and rural areas – far away from where many potential workers live. 

Finally, Dr. Charles Modlin joined the show to talk about his new role as the first ever Medical Director Of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity at MetroHealth. 

  • Nancy Mendez, President & Ceo of Starting Point
  • Lynanne Gutierrez, Assistant Director & Legal Counsel or Groundwork Ohio
  • Bethia Burke, President of the Fund for our Economic Future
  • Bryce Sylvester, Director of Site Strategies at Team NEO
  • Charles Modlin, MD, Medical Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at MetroHealth 
Gabriel Kramer is a reporter/producer and the host of “NewsDepth,” Ideastream Public Media's news show for kids.