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Quality education is essential to a skilled and competitive workforce. Access to education, coupled with reliable, quality childcare is key for improving economic opportunities for all Americans.

Our education system is failing many students as shown by data that reveals two-thirds of our fourth and eighth graders are unable to read or do math at their grade level. And the United States ranks below a number of other countries in reading and math proficiency. Recognizing the importance of childcare as a key component of the education system is crucial to addressing the current challenges and ensuring that every child has the support they need to thrive.

  • 6th in Reading
    Global Ranking for U.S. Students
  • 10th in Science
    Global Ranking for U.S. Students
  • 26th in Math
    Global Ranking for U.S. Students

How can the U.S. be competitive without math? This is the question that America’s business leaders need to be asking themselves as we receive yet another concerning indicator that our nation’s public education system is moving in the wrong direction.

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U.S. Chamber Foundation Senior Director Aaron Merchen argues that employers are increasingly recognizing that child care support is vital to not only help businesses survive but also to help communities thrive.

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Future of Data in K-12 Education Initiative Can Help Inform a Critical Impasse

The U.S. Chamber Foundation has launched a multi-year initiative with the support of a working group of preeminent leaders in education to develop policy recommendations focused on all students, especially those who have been historically underserved by the K-12 system.

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Bridging the Education-Workforce Gap

Despite the constant evolution of the job market, educational curricula often lag, inadequately preparing students for the real-world challenges they’ll face in their careers.


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