Ohio Governor DeWine Declares April “Month of the Young Child”

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine speaks during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is drawing attention to a key policy priority with a proclamation honoring young children.

The Republican governor has declared April 2019 the “Month of the Young Child” and the week of April 8-12 the “Week of the Young Child.”

The pronouncements dovetail with DeWine’s efforts to elevate children’s issues, from education to services for at-risk youth to job matching. Among his earliest acts were dedicating a top adviser to the issue and calling for $74 million in additional funding for children’s services and Ohio’s child protection system.

The Ohio Children’s Budget Coalition is an organization of child-serving groups formed in response to DeWine’s efforts. It says one in four Ohio children lives in poverty and the state needs a holistic approach to address underlying issues.

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