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Why Would Businesses Invest in Early Childhood Education?

"Here in Wisconsin, we need to invest in early learning. Too many kids come to school unprepared to learn, which leads to higher dropout rates, a lagging workforce and a damaged economy. We can invest now, or pay later."

President of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Tim Sheehy

The Partnership for Wisconsin's Economic Success (PWES) was formed in 2008 and is the first state chapter of the Partnership for America's Economic Success; now named Ready Nation after transitioning to the America's Promise Alliance, that was initiated in 2005. Learn more about PWES below:

  • Overview: Analyzes Mission, Goals, Expected Outcomes and History

  • Milestones: Some notable PWES milestones including membership, awareness, advocacy and funding

By investing in this mission, you can help to:

  • Reduce Taxes
  • Upgrade Wisconsin's Workforce
  • Help Children and Families

There are public and private businesses and foundations that are putting this mission to the top of their to-do lists. Find out more about these partnered businesses.

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Harvard University has a series of "In-brief" videos that talk about early childhood issues. This educational video/written brief talks about the top if early childhood brain development. Watch the video and see other videos dealing with the top issues in early childhood care and education today.


Earlier this week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke on the "return on investment" of early childhood education as part of the Children’s Defense Fund’s national conference. Read and view the speech.

New CED Report Emphasizes Role of Business in Early Childhood

The Committee for Economic Development released a new report on June 26, 2012, "Unfinished Business: Continued Investment in Child Care and Early Education is Critical to Business and America's Future," highlighting the importance of having business leaders as strong advocates for early childhood investments. At the release event in Detroit, ReadyNation Advisory Board Co-chair Rob Dugger spoke, along with PNC President Jim Rohr, Kelly Services CEO Carl Camden, TIAA-CREF CEO Roger Ferguson and CED President Charles Kolb.

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Timothy J. Bartik the Senior Economist for the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research gave a presentation on investing in children and the link to local economic development. See his presentation Investing in Kids: Early Childhood Programs and Local Economic Development and learn more about the link between these two important causes.

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