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Policy Issues

New Reports Find Early Care and Education Strengthen Illinois and Pennsylvania Businesses

ReadyNation/America’s Edge has released a report, “Strengthening Illinois Businesses through Investments in Early Care and Education,” which found that for every $1 invested in providing access to disadvantaged Illinois children for quality early care and education programs, an additional 94 cents is generated. This report received media coverage in the Ottawa Times, on WUIS 91.9 FM, and on WGEM (NBC)among others.

A second report, “Strengthening Pennsylvania Businesses through Investments in Pre-Kindergarten,” examined the effects of early learning programs in Pennsylvania, and determined that every $1 invested in quality programs would return an additional 79 cents in economic activity. This report was highlighted in the Pennsylvania Business Journal, the Scranton Times-Tribune, and the Central Penn Business Journal.

Tennessee Chambers of Commerce Letter to Senator Alexander in Support of Early Education

Representatives from the Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville Chambers of Commerce submitted a letter to Senator Lamar Alexander, stating their support for high-quality early education. The Chambers also lay out two broad principles that they ask Congress to support: Focus on quality programs, and ensure resources sufficient to meet unmet needs. Read the Chambers’ letter here.

Business Roundtable Statement Supporting High-Quality Early Learning

Business Roundtable recently issued a statement of support for policies and programs that help students read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade. These policy solutions include increasing access to high-quality pre-K programs, encouraging family engagement, and targeting funding for effectiveness.

ReadyNation/America’s Edge Speaks at the World Forum on Early Care and Education

Sara Watson, National Director for ReadyNation/America’s Edge, and Phil Peterson, Advisory Board Co-Chair of ReadyNation/America’s Edge and Partner at Aon Hewitt, spoke at the World Forum on Early Care and Education on the business case for investing in early childhood, and discussed how to engage the business community to become advocates for children. Speaking along with Sara and Phil was economist Rob Grunewald at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. The Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día covered this event in a recent article, “Positivo invertir en la niñez.”

New Report Reviews Evidence for Early Childhood Education for Low-Income Students

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy issued a new report, “Early Childhood Education for Low-Income Students: A Review of the Evidence and Benefit-Cost Analysis,” that examines the research for various early interventions, and their impact of these interventions on the outcomes for low-income students. The report finds that early childhood education for low-income children show positive impacts on both short- and long-term outcomes. Read the report here.

International Webinar on Corporate Champions for Early Childhood

Roy Bostock, board member for Delta Airlines, ReadyNation/America’s Edge Member, and former chairman of Yahoo! Inc. spoke on a webinar on the business case for early childhood. The event was cohosted by the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, the Global Business Coalition for Education, and ReadyNation/America’s Edge. Mr. Bostock was joined by Economist Paul Gertler, and Executive Director at LEGO Education Stephan Turnipseed.  Learn more about this event here.

Clarifying What the GAO Says on Early Childhood Programs

A 2012 GAO report (GAO-12-342SP, cited in GAO-14-325T) has been characterized as support for the proposition that 45 federal programs, at a cost some have estimated at over $22 billion annually, support early learning services. However, upon closer inspection it is clear that the vast majority of programs cited in the report do not support early childhood services in any meaningful way. A new fact sheet from ReadyNation/America’s Edge clarifies several misconceptions about the report.

News Clips

May 4 – “Report: Pre-K investment pays for itself.” Mark Guydish. The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader.

May 4 – “Why all kids needs pre-K.” Ron DiNicola and Nick Scott Jr. Erie Times-News.

May 2 – “PALMER: Early childhood education is crucial.” Boyd Palmer. The Ottawa Times.

April 26 – “Region could see millions in pre-K benefits, study says.” Sarah Hofius Hall.  The Scranton Times Tribune.

April 25 – “Study: Expanding pre-K in Pa. could generate $800M in spending.” Heather Stauffer. Central Penn Business Journal.

April 24 – “EXCLUSIVE: Report shows investments in pre-k pay big economic dividends.” Lauren Hertzler. Pennsylvania Business Journal.

April 5 – “Great Start program will help Michigan fix its education gap.” John Pepper. Lansing State Journal.

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