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

Robert Smith, Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility, Eli Lilly and Company (Photo from Charlie Nye, Indianapolis Star)

Eli Lilly and Company Advocates for Expanded Prekindergarten

Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical firm based in Indianapolis, played a critical role in advocating for an expansion of the city's pre-k program. On December 1, the Indianapolis ...

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National Business Executives Urge Support for Home Visiting

In a December 4th letter to all Members of Congress, 33 senior business executives from ReadyNation stated their strong support for the renewal, at current funding levels, of the Maternal, ...

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Early Health ‘Pay for Success’ Social Impact Finance

We have released a new paper, “Early Health ‘Pay for Success’ Social Impact Finance: Scaling Up Prenatal Care in Virginia.” This paper is the first to describe how pay for ...

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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 $2.3 Billion in new federal funds.


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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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.”

View Lisa Ventriss’ full profile here
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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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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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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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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.”

View Barry Downing’s full profile here.
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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.

View the full PNC profile here
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