ReadyNation’s 1400+ 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

Illinois’ STEM Workforce Starts with Early Education

FULL REPORT – Illinois’ STEM Workforce Starts with Early Education: Building a Foundation for Jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics NEWS RELEASE – Illinois business leaders: STEM jobs are growing – but can we fill them? Stronger early learning investments can shape a better-skilled workforce VOICES OF EXPERIENCE – When it comes to jobs in science, technology, engineering, ...

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America's Youth Human Capital Sector: More than 11% of GDP

The Youth Human Capital Sector is a sizable one, contributing $2 trillion to our country's Gross Domestic  Product (GDP).  As a reflection of our workforce, the youth sector drives the success of all other sectors and deserves our attention as a crucial industry that determines the outcomes of our youngest members of society. Read the full brief here: ...

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Harnessing the Power of Parents to Support our Youngest Learners

  A new report, Harnessing the Power of Parents to Support Our Youngest Learners, describes how parent engagement is a key component of successful early learning programs. When children don’t get off to the right start, it’s hard for them to catch up and become the productive adults we need. Society and businesses suffer when we let kids slip through the ...

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Listen to some of our business leaders talk about why it’s important to #StartEarly and invest in kids.



“As a Republican and as a business leader, my primary focus is on bottom-line results. I care about solutions that work – the kind of policies that transcend ideology. That’s why I’m a proud member of ReadyNation, an organization that advocates for bipartisan, research-based solutions that are proven winners.”

– Roy J. Bostock, Vice Chairman of the Board of Delta Air Lines, a former Chair of Yahoo! Inc., and a retired director of Morgan Stanley


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.


Rudy Valdez“ReadyNation aims to shape stronger and more economically prosperous communities through education that starts at the earliest ages. It’s imperative the business community commit to removing obstacles to education and development, and invest in the future workforce of this great nation.”

Rudy Valdez, Vice President
South West Ideas for Today & Tomorrow (Illinois)

“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.”

Wendy Valenti – Executive Director
Collinsville Chamber of Commerce (Illinois)