Rep. Antonio Calls On Kasich To Reverse Cuts To Early Childhood Education
Says state proposal will harm vulnerable, low-income children
 
 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today called on Gov. Kasich to put a stop to an administrative rule change that would leave child care centers across the state with fewer resources to provide critical enrichment opportunities to vulnerable, low-income Ohio children and their families.


The state estimates the rule change will cut $12 million in state funding to pre-school providers throughout Ohio, not counting hundreds of millions of lost dollars in federal grants for early childhood programs.


“After over a decade of an all hands on deck approach to ensuring our children have the resources necessary to get a head start on a lifetime of success and learning, the administration is pulling the rug out from under child care providers across the state,” said Antonio. “Our children, childcare experts and families deserve to know why Governor Kasich’s administration pushed through a new restriction that prohibits preschool providers from serving more children and families by layering state and federal funds to enhance and expand services.”


Data compiled by childcare advocates shows that the funding cuts will disproportionately impact minority students in the state’s urban centers.* Cuyahoga County programming will lose an estimated $2 million as a result of the new funding restriction.


The Cleveland lawmaker also noted that the rule change to defund preschool providers was proposed without consulting or even briefing the Early Childhood Advisory Council or childcare experts throughout the state.

 
 
 
  
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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report

 

The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.