New Report from ReadyNation on Reducing Maine's Skills Gap

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A new report from ReadyNation, "Ensuring Maine's Global Competitiveness: Reducing our skills gap through innovative education models, rigorous standards, and deeper learning," details the high-skilled workforce shortage that Maine faces. This report details the economic benefits of higher educational attainment by Maine's children, and lays out several strategies to improve state educational outcomes. Read the full report here.

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.

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:

California: ReadyNation member and CEO of Research for Hire, Inc. John Corkins visited the Harmony Magnet Academy with U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah Delisle to see firsthand how Linked Learning is preparing high school students for success in both college and career.

Illinois: ReadyNation members met with Illinois State Senator Bill Haine on Sept. 24 to discuss how early education can help fix the workforce skills gap. 

Business Champions

Lisa Ventriss
Lisa Ventriss

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.

View the full profile of Lisa Ventriss

View the full list of Business Champions

ReadyNation is currently funded by:

Alliance for Early Success, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bernard van Leer Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, California Education Policy Fund, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Robert Dugger, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Ford Foundation, Frances Hollis Brain Foundation, George Gund Foundation, Hagedorn Foundation, Heising Simons Foundation, Irving Harris Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, McCormick Foundation, Oscar G. and Elsa S. Mayer Foundation, Philip A. Peterson, Pritzker Children's Initiative, Rauch Foundation, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sam L. Cohen Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

View the funders page for a list of all funders, past and present.