COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has signed an executive order creating an advisory committee to formulate recommendations for funding a new initiative to help Ohio's at-risk children. It's called Opportunity for Every Ohio Kid.
"Voluntary programs; nobody's forcing anybody to do it," the governor said, moments before penning his signature to the executive order at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. "They're voluntary programs serving at-risk mothers and their families."
The governor, in his inaugural address shortly after midnight Sunday at his family homestead near Cedarville, talked of his interest to serve foster children.
"The whole idea is to get that child on a good start. So, when that child hits Kindergarten, they're at the starting line," Gov. DeWine said.
The advisory committee on home visitation will include representatives from children's hospitals in most parts of Ohio, state agencies and other organizations dealing with early childhood education and development.