New ReadyNation Report: Closing the Job Skills Gap with New York Workers

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In six years New York State will face a deficit of 350,000 workers for mid-level skill jobs—those requiring more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. But a pipeline of skilled workers will be hard to create when 23 percent of New York high school students fail to graduate on time, and only 35 percent of our public school students graduate “college- and career-ready.” To reverse these skills gaps, we have released a report urging a three-point plan to build a qualified workforce in New York. Click here to view the report.

New Federal Reserve Endorsement of Early Education

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On July 13, Jeffrey Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, published an op-ed in The Washington Post supporting early childhood education programs as a human capital strategy. In response, we released a statement of support from four prominent ReadyNation business champions for early childhood. Additionally, we have compiled a report on Federal Reserve leaders' speaking out on the importance of early childhood education since the ground-breaking Minneapolis Federal Reserve report in 2003.

New Job Opening with ReadyNation

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We are seeking a dynamic organizer to join our team working to grow the economy and strengthen tomorrow’s workforce through effective investments in children. This senior associate position, located in Washington, D.C., requires at least 5 years experience working in a relevant position, such as an advocacy campaign, child and family policy, business membership organization, or public interest sector. Join this exciting initiative to improve the workforce of the future. Click here for more information.

Recent Business Leader Actions

Business and civic leaders in the states lead the way in protecting and strengthening smart investments in young children:

Illinois: Two ReadyNation members discussed how cuts to child care in Illinois would negatively affect employers and parents alike. 

Business Champions

Mara Aspinall
Mara Aspinall

President and CEO


Business leaders need to be the unlikely allies for children and be willing to proactively help find sustainable revenue for early education.

View the full profile of Mara Aspinall

View the full list of Business Champions

ReadyNation is currently funded by:

Alliance for Early Success, Anne M. Mulcahy, Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Charles Butt, Community Products, LLC, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, Robert Dugger, Dwoskin Family Foundation, Early Care and Education Consortium, Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Phillip Wm. Fisher, George Gund FoundationH-E-B, Heising Simons Foundation, Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, James E. Rohr, JP Morgan Chase, Kaplan Early Learning Company, Mary Black Foundation, Philip A. Peterson, The Pew Charitable TrustsPotts Family Foundation, Pritzker Children's Initiative, Roy Bostock, The Schumann Fund for New Jersey, The Taub Foundation, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Zollar Family Fund, Trian Fund Management, The Turrell FundUnited Way of Central Indiana, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Welborn Baptist Foundation, and James M. Zimmerman

View the funders page for a list of all funders, past and present.