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June 24, 2020
#LightASpark She Can STEM

Research shows that young girls like STEM subjects, but as they get older, something changes. They start feeling like STEM isn’t for them based on outdated stereotypes about the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

February 28, 2020
The Billion Dollar Problem
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Building on the work of other states, we partnered with the business communities in Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania and their early education partners to understand just how much breakdowns in childcare cost each state. In this study we looked at the causes of childcare challenges as well as motivations behind why parents select various childcare providers. Knowing many employers want to facilitate more access to childcare but do not know where to begin, we sought to learn what types of childcare benefits working parents desire most from employers.

February 28, 2020
Nalini Polavarapu

Nalini Polavarapu has always been interested in taking an interdisciplinary approach to solving challenges on a global scale. She currently works as the Head of Data Sciences – Customer Centricity at Bayer. With a strong foundational background in STEM coursework, she developed a lifelong passion for AI and agriculture, that she has been able to combine when she began her work as Bayer’s first data scientist over 10 years ago. Since then, the team has vastly expanded and the overall data science community within Bayer Crop Science alone employs 700 + people. We sat down with her learn more about her experience as a woman in the tech industry and advice she would give to women looking to follow a similar path. — Alexa Miller, Director, Digital Empowers National Campaign

February 11, 2020
Miss America 2020, Camille Schrier
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In my earliest of memories, my interests always revolved around science in one way or another, even if I was too young to understand the science that was behind them. 
January 30, 2020
Taking Action on Childcare
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As a business leader, you’ve noticed it is becoming more and more difficult to hire and retain qualified workers. You’ve likely even considered the longer-term scenarios – will it be even more challenging to secure a reliable and productive workforce 5 or 10 or even 20 years from now?  
January 16, 2020
Childcare Efforts in San Diego
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To better understand the need and childcare challenges that currently exist, The San Diego Foundation partnered with San Diego Workforce Partnership and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce to commission two new reports that outline the regional landscape surrounding early childhood care and the economy.
December 17, 2019
Iowa Survey on Early Education Needs
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The current unemployment rate in Iowa is 2.5%, and there are currently 40,000 people on unemployment and 60,000 job openings. As historically low unemployment continues, employers are always looking for opportunities to recruit more workers and also to retain their existing workforce. To solve this challenge, Iowa business leaders have increased wages, offered flexible work environments where possible, and expanded benefits. More recently, one of those benefits is childcare.  

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