ReadyNation’s 1,000+ members work to strengthen business and the economy through
effective investments in children and youth.

ReadyNation members educate policymakers and the public to advance effective policies and programs that improve business competitiveness by helping children get a good start in life.

Hear from John Pepper, ReadyNation member and former CEO of Procter & Gamble, on why you should join ReadyNation today.

ReadyNation Updates

Global Business Leaders Support Early Childhood Development in Open Letter to United Nations

More than fifty global business leaders signed onto a ReadyNation letter to the United Nations emphasizing the importance of early childhood development in building the productive workforce of the future. ...

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2015 Global Business Summit on Early Childhood Investments

With generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ReadyNation is pleased to announce that we will host the 2015 Global Business Summit on Early Childhood Investments at the Grand Hyatt ...

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Upcoming Webinar - Cultivating Soft Skills in Workforce Development: Early Childhood Initiatives

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 9.6 million unemployed people in the United States in August 2014, while at the same time there were 4.8 million job ...

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Our Priority Issues


We support early education to build the foundation for the STEM workforce.

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We support high academic standards and innovative high school models.

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We provide technical assistance to groups developing early childhood pay for success.

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ReadyNation Business Champions

In 2013-2014, ReadyNation members contributed to winning more than $1 Billion in new state funds, and in 2014, they helped win more than $2.3 Billion in new federal funds.

Gideon Badagawa – Executive Director, Private Sector Foundation Uganda
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“ReadyNation is wonderful. You and Lloyd Lamm [banker and ReadyNation member] gave us an invaluable honor and scaled up the Private Sector Foundation Uganda profile in advocating for Early Childhood Investments. I received a follow up from the Speaker of the Parliament’s office appreciating this initiative. This was great. Your entire team was so exceptional, and your advice, materials and participation were so helpful. I am so inspired.”
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Paul O’Brien – President, The O’Brien Group (Massachusetts)

“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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Barry Downing – President, Northrock, Inc. (Kansas)

“Early childhood education is a smart financial investment and a moral responsibility. We owe it to these children to have a chance to arrive at school prepared to succeed. It’s both a head and a heart issue.”

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J.B. Pritzker – Managing Partner, The Pritzker Group (National)

“It was blindingly obvious that the most efficient, fiscally responsible way to spend money is on young children. It’s also the most rewarding.”

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Lisa Ventriss – President, Vermont Business Roundtable (Vermont)

“Achieving universal pre-k for three- and four-year-olds is an issue that moves forward incrementally. Collaborate with the business community and place them in a lead role. The pre-k community can’t do this alone – and they will not be able to achieve success if they aren’t united in their effort.”

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Eva Blum, Connie Bond Stuart, Peter Danchak and Mike Harreld, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (National)

“The children of today are the workforce of tomorrow, and unless we support them with early childhood education, the future workforce will not be of the size and ability to meet the needs of a global economy.”
- Former CEO and Executive Chairman, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

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Fred Webber – Chair, Maine State Workforce Investment Board (Maine)
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“We need to improve our education system in order to provide Maine’s businesses with a highly skilled workforce for the future. As a businessperson, I know our students need to be better prepared. Why? According to a 2013 report… if current education and workforce trends don’t change, Maine will face a shortage of 15,000 highly skilled workers.”
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Brian Hendrian – Market President, Bank of Springfield (Illinois)
Brian Hendrian BC

“If I want to have a solid selection of potential employees to choose from in the years to come, today’s children need to have a solid foundation to start from. Early childhood education can provide that, and the research proves it.”

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Hugh McDonald and Stacy Sells – CEO, Entergy Arkansas and Senior Vice President, Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (Arkansas)

View Hugh McDonald and Stacy Sells’ full profile here.

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Kenneth McNeely – President, AT&T (California)

“If we invest now, we can put children on the right path. If we wait 10-12 years, saving these kids becomes more expensive and may be impossible.”

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