New Book on Early Childhood Programs from Economist Timothy Bartik

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Dr. Timothy Bartik, Senior Economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research has released a new book, “From Preschool to Prosperity: The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Education.” In it, Dr. Bartik discusses the evidence behind the economic returns of early learning investments, responds to frequently heard criticisms, and lays out an early childhood education strategy. Bartik’s book is available at the Upjohn Institute Website, or on Amazon.

ReadyNation Member Speaks at Capitol Hill Briefing

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ReadyNation member and Erie Insurance executive Michael Plazony spoke at a Capitol Hill Briefing hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Sept. 10. Plazony highlighted research showing that investments in early childhood provide for a healthier and better educated workforce - major reasons why business leaders support early learning opportunities. With Kristin Schubert of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (co-chair of Congressional Baby Caucus), and V. Fan Tait, associate executive director, American Academy of Pediatrics.

Job Openings with ReadyNation in Washington D.C. & California

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We are seeking a strategic organizer to engage business leaders across California in advocacy work related to growing the economy and strengthening tomorrow’s workforce through effective investments in youth.  The position is full-time, with excellent benefits, and located at our office in San Francisco. Click here to read more about this position.

We are also 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. Click here for more information about the senior associate position. 

Recent Business Leader Actions

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

Michigan: Paul Harvey, ReadyNation member and director for New Business Development at Machined Engineered Products wrote an opinion piece for on the importance of early STEM education.

Business Champions

Paul O'Brien
Paul O'Brien

The O'Brien Group


If quality early education is available, it can be a salvation to children and is increasingly important in an economy that is becoming less physical and more brain-oriented.

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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.