This month, a new, Cincinnati-based social network will officially launch to help support working parents and their families.
The Breeding Ground
is a national organization for parents that works to raise awareness and ensure family-supportive legislation and workplace policies. The group emphasizes inclusivity with regard to age, gender, marital status and sexual orientation among its members.
Attorney and social entrepreneur Rachel Loftspring returned to Cincinnati to start The Breeding Ground after living in Chicago and giving birth to her first child with her husband Dan.
“We aim to harness the collective power of parents — and at 35 million American families with children under the age of 18, we're a powerful group — to deliver change,” Loftspring says. “And for those parents who want to take on a leadership role, we are organizing our steering committee now.”
The Breeding Ground’s three-person team works with advisors from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Hughes Strategies Ltd. and Centric Consulting to advocate for gender-neutral paid leave, affordable and quality early childhood education, flexible workplace policies, equality at home and at work and other issues that affect working parents.
By accessing The Breeding Ground’s interactive platform, registered members can share their experiences, connect to legislators, plan meetups and take advantage of other family-focused resources.
Members can also apply to lead a local chapter and host regional events related to awareness and legislative advocacy. Those interested in getting involved should email [email protected]