ReadyNation, a project of America’s Project Alliance which identifies and mobilizes business leaders in support of early childhood policies, supports the Strong Start for America’s Children Act. The legislation would equip millions of children most in need with the tools they require to succeed in school and become productive citizens. Hundreds of business leaders around the country have joined us in supporting early childhood investments which would lay the foundation for future economic prosperity by creating a workforce with the knowledge and skills required for the jobs of the future.
A recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal included numerous selective or mis-representations of the overall data on the impact of quality early learning programs. Click here to read the statements from the op-ed, in italics, and our response to each using the actual text of reports cited in this op-ed, as well as additional data. Also included are letters to the editor submitted by several business leaders and academic experts.
ReadyNation is delighted to announce the first Conference of the EC (Early Childhood) Social Impact Performance Advisors. This is an effort designed to help public sector finance and private investment and legal professionals understand and develop innovative alternative financing mechanisms to fund early childhood programs. This conference will inform and train decision-makers on why and how to create early childhood PFS and SIB contracts. Click here for additional information, and sign up for our PFS listserv to stay informed on this developing event.
Hundreds of business leaders, organizations, and other individuals have taken the ReadyNation Pledge, indicating their belief in the importance of quality early childhood development programs.
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Business and civic leaders in the states lead the way in protecting and strengthening smart investments in young children:
National: James E. Rohr, Executive Chairman of The PNC Financial Services Group and Jack Brennan, Chairman Emeritus of The Vanguard Group, wrote an opinion piece in support of early childhood investment that was published in The Hill's Congress blog.
ReadyNation is currently funded by:
Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Charles Butt, Robert Dugger, Phillip Wm. Fisher, George Gund Foundation, H-E-B, Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, Kaplan Early Learning Company, Philip A. Peterson, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Potts Family Foundation, The Schumann Fund for New Jersey, The Taub Foundation, The Zollar Family Fund, The Turrell Fund, United Way of Central Indiana, Welborn Baptist Foundation, and James M. Zimmerman
View the funders page for a list of all funders, past and present.