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 21 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.
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.
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.
Parents Need Child Care, and More Are Finding It At Work
As the child care crisis rages on, more companies are trying to help their workers with children with on-site child care.
Child Care Answers is working to increase access to high-quality childcare for families, providers, the community, and employers in Indiana.
Dr. Timothy Magner, president of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, uplifts communities through connecting business and education, and championing collaboration as a Business Leads Fellow.
Kelly Fuller has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between K-12 education and career through the championing of lifelong learning through her work at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and as a Business Leads Fellow.
Awareness gap sidelines parents in supporting their child’s learning, underperformance predicted to stifle future earnings
From state economies to family economies, the cost of childcare has a significant impact on billions of budgets nationwide. With talks of inflation cooling, the question arises of what is the true cost of childcare amid stagnant wages, rising costs of living and weaning pandemic era assistance.
For so long, the narrative around sustainability has focused on individual action: reduce, reuse, recycle. While individual action is critical, too often it is disconnected to the larger picture in sustainability, limiting individuals’ ability to imagine broader or more creative solutions.
High-achieving low-income students in the U.S. often miss out on selective colleges and competitive careers, with only 3% making it to selective colleges compared to 72% of high-achieving high-income students. Minds Matter Bay Area's corporate volunteer mentor matching program is changing this disparity.
Sasha Saputo, Associate Manager for Early Childhood Education at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation highlights challenges, opportunities and next steps from the recent convening of the Early Childhood and Business Advisory Council in North Carolina.
These winners reflect an esteemed group of thought leaders and innovators representing Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Chicago. Each proposal was reviewed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Future of Data Working Group, and evaluated based on a set of guiding principles including ambition and feasibility, coherence, thoroughness, creativity, and equity.
Sasha Saputo, Associate Manager for Early Childhood Education at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sits down with Brittany Walsh, Associate Director for Early Childhood Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center to discuss lessons learned from The Early Childhood and Business Advisory Council meeting in Huntsville, Alabama.