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.
Brenna Berman is working to make cities happier, healthier and more productive. She currently serves as the CEO & Executive Director of City Tech Collaborative in Chicago, Illinois, an urban solutions accelerator looking to improve cities and turn them into places where technology helps drive innovation, inclusion, and collaboration for all. Before joining City Tech, she worked in the administration of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, where she served as the Chief Information Officer for the City and Commissioner for the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) from 2012 to 2017. Brenna began her career at IBM where she worked to promote government innovation. We sat down with her to learn more about what has influenced her career, her work at City Tech and other projects she enjoys.