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Levin Monday Morning Briefing

Children's Defense Fund Ohio

Challenges & Opportunities for Cleveland in the 2020 Census

Monday, October 15, 2018
9:00am - 11:00am

Bonda Room, UR 254
Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
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About this Event

Clear and accurate Census data is the life blood for a strong Ohio. But inadequate funding as well as a series of vital policy decisions could place Ohio’s communities at risk of an inaccurate census count, limiting their political power and federal funding for the next decade.

An undercount would mean huge problems for Ohio and communities throughout the state. Ohio is at risk losing political influence as Ohio could lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Furthermore, over $21 billion in federal funding is distributed in Ohio based on the Census for critical programs like Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), and Head Start. So many children and families in our community depend on these important services, therefore we must do all we can to minimize that risk in 2020.

The Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio has been raising the flag on these challenges, educating decision makers, advocates, media, and the public and pulling together key stakeholders to ensure a fair and accurate census count.

Join us on October 15th to learn more about the challenges we face in the 2020 Census, and how CFD-Ohio plans to lead coalition efforts and build strategies to strengthen Ohio’s state and local census infrastructure.

About the Children’s Defense Fund—Ohio

Founded in 1981, Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect and ensure their access to appropriate and targeted health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. To support children and families in Ohio, CDF-Ohio works to improve healthcare access and health outcomes for children and their families, stop the push out of students from our schools due to zero tolerance school discipline practices, create a juvenile justice system that rehabilitates our youth and reduces recidivism, build a high quality and stable early childhood care and education system, and harness the statewide and national CDF youth and community networks to change the lives of Ohio’s children.

The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Guest Speaker

Tracy Najera

Tracy Najera, Executive Director, CDF-OH

Tracy has committed her professional career to improving the lives of children and their families. Tracy comes to CDF most recently as a Senior Consultant for Education First Consulting where she supported school districts and education partners to improve education outcomes for children. Previously, Tracy spent six years as a Senior Director of the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative at Battelle for Kids where her responsibilities included managing a $54 million federal project with the state of Ohio to improve the efficacy of teachers serving students in Appalachian Ohio. Additionally, she spent eight years at the State Office of Budget and Management a majority of which she served as the Section Chief for Education under three Governors. Earlier in her career, Tracy was an Education Policy Analyst with KidsOhio.org where she worked with public school systems to close the achievement gaps in urban education settings. And, notably, launched her career with CDF-Ohio as a Research Fellow. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters in Public Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy all from The Ohio State University. Tracy was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised near Dayton, Ohio.