ReadyNation’s 1,000+ 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.


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ReadyNation Updates

New Report Highlights Global Business Actions Supporting Early Childhood Development

"Business Leader Actions to Support Early Childhood: A Global Imperative; A Local Opportunity" is a new report from ReadyNation which describes current business leader actions around the world to give children a good start on the path to becoming healthy, productive adults. It includes examples of four types of actions: to benefit current employees, ...

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ReadyNation Director Sara Watson to Keynote International Conference on the Business of Early Childhood

ReadyNation Director Sara Watson will be keynoting "The Business of Early Childhood" on July 3rd, 2015. This international conference, held at the University of Chester Warrington Campus in the United Kingdom, will bring together leaders to discuss what matters for young children and how to get them on the best path for life, and explore ...

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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. This letter highlights how crucial early education programs are to the health of the global economy and to society as a whole. We ask the ...

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Our Priority Issues

STEM & THE EARLY YEARS

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

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COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS

We support high academic standards and innovative high school models.

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PAY FOR SUCCESS

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 $1.3 Billion in new federal funds.


Jim Spurlino – President, Spurlino Materials (Ohio)
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“In the concrete business we invest great resources in the foundation of a building to ensure the structure is strong and will hold up over time. We need to do the same for our children. We should prioritize early investments for our children’s health and education foundation to maximize their potential, break the cycle of poverty, prepare them for school, and minimize costly interventions later in life.”

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J.B. Pritzker – Managing Partner, The Pritzker Group (National)
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“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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Tim Hussey – President and CEO, Hussey Seating (Maine)
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“In almost any field, increased skill levels are needed. Take manufacturing. Where once ability to follow fixed procedures was all that was needed, today we reward initiative, persistence, and the ability to make independent decisions.”

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Keith Krutz – President, IMS Buhrke-Olson (Illinois)
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“We need kids to develop creativity at an early age… [It] is essential in ensuring a highly skilled workforce.”

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Hugh McDonald and Stacy Sells – CEO, Entergy Arkansas and Senior Vice President, Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (Arkansas)
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View Hugh McDonald and Stacy Sells’ full profile here.

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Wendy Valenti – Executive Director, Collinsville Chamber of Commerce (Illinois)
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“Employers and employees, alike, are attracted by a strong education system. Local economies benefit enormously when we ensure quality preschool and child care programs are part of the local landscape.”

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Chris Hall – CEO, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
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“Part of our current challenge is that we not only need to train students for the jobs in today’s workforce, but for the jobs of the future. We need a workforce with ‘deeper learning skills’ so Maine businesses can compete successfully in a global economy.”

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Lisa Ventriss – President, Vermont Business Roundtable (Vermont)
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“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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Gideon Badagawa – Executive Director, Private Sector Foundation Uganda
Gideon Badagawa BC

“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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Elizabeth Timm – Retired Maine Market President, Bank of America
Elizabeth Timm BC

“Making school achievement in Maine relevant to the working world and capable of inspiring aspirations is one of the greatest challenges in keeping our local economy strong.”

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Eva Blum, Connie Bond Stuart, Peter Danchak and Mike Harreld, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (National)
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“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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Paul O’Brien – President, The O’Brien Group (Massachusetts)
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“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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Kenneth McNeely – President, AT&T (California)
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“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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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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Barry Downing – President, Northrock, Inc. (Kansas)
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“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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Steven Pound – Associate Director of Workforce Development, Cianbro Institute (Maine)
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“The first step for improving Maine’s economy is to become a lot more creative and demanding in the education we are providing our Maine students.”

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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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