ReadyNation/America’s Edge business leader members work to strengthen businesses and the economy through proven investments in children and youth. We take a critical look at the knowledge, skills and abilities businesses need their employees to have, including the ability to communicate, collaborate, and think critically. We educate policy-makers and the public about high-quality investments that protect America’s competitive edge in a global market place, build a foundation for lasting economic security, and help our nation’s children get on the right track. If you are a business leader who would like to be a part of ReadyNation/America’s Edge, please complete the online membership application form by clicking here.
The Council for a Strong America is seeking a Deputy Director for ReadyNation/America’s Edge, which mobilizes business leaders to advocate for a stronger economy through better state and federal policies for children. This position, located in Washington, D.C., requires 8-10 years of experience in business and public policy. Experience with children’s policy not required. Join this exciting initiative to improve the workforce of the future. Click here for more information.
On February 18th, two preeminent national initiatives that mobilize business leaders to champion investments in children to improve the nation’s economy will join forces. ReadyNation, currently a project of America’s Promise Alliance, will merge with America’s Edge, a project of the Council for a Strong America. The combined entity, under the Council for a Strong America umbrella, will be the largest of its kind in the United States. Work of the two organizations will continue under both names during the transition, until the merged entity’s name is determined this summer. Dr. Sara Watson, currently executive vice president for partner engagement at America’s Promise and director of ReadyNation, will join the Council for a Strong America to direct the combined entity. View the full announcement here.
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.
Signature Solutions Management Consulting
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.
Vermont Business Roundtable
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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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.