What investment returns up to $17 for every dollar spent, is proven to help children graduate from high school and college, and has business supporters? Early childhood education! By providing our children with rich and diverse learning opportunities, they develop skills and learning abilities to become productive and thriving members of your community - the workforce. How can you do your part? Learn more... Why businesses should see early childhood as a smart investment.

Top Ten Reasons Early Childhood Education Pays Off

Smart investments in early childhood produce social benefits, cost savings, and economic returns for children, families, and society...View the list.

A strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America. Some economists are worried about how much we spend on early care and education in America—not because we spend too much, but because we spend too little. Are We Crazy About Our Kids? explores how investments in high quality early care and preschool yield huge personal and social benefits—and pay for themselves many times over. Are We Crazy About Our Kids? brings to life the class studies of Perry Preschool and other initiatives conducted by Nobel Laureate James Heckman, former Federal Reserve economist Arthur Rolnick and others demonstrating how high-quality early care and preschool yield huge benefits—for individuals and society. Watch this powerful video to learn more.

Strengthening business through effective investments in children and youth. ReadyNation is the preeminent business leader organization working to strengthen business through better policies for children and youth. Our members educate policymakers and the public about effective investments that will help business compete in today's global marketplace, build a foundation for lasting economic security, and help children get on the right track to success in school and in life. Business people are warmly invited to learn more about ReadyNation.

To break the cycle of poverty, young children need something that's as free and abundant as air An extraordinary program is giving it to them. Read more...

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