Oh the Places We'll Go: The Benefits of Investing in Early Childhood Education

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 8:00am
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Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Center for American Progress, in partnership with Ready Nation, to discuss early childhood education and the importance of building a strong foundation for life-long academic success.

This event will take place at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on July 31, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This event is SOLD OUT.

Watch archived webcast here.


 Jack Markell
Governor of Delaware

 Margaret Spellings
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

 Neera Tanden
Center for American Progress


8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

  • Margaret Spellings, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

  • Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

8:45 - 9:25 a.m.

Weaving Early Childhood Education into the Fabric of the State

  • The Honorable Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware

9:25 - 9:40 a.m.

Grow America Stronger: Support for Early Childhood Education

Presented by First Five Years Fund

  • Brian Maher, retired Chairman and CEO, Maher Terminals

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Leading the Way: State Experiences in Early Childhood Education

  • Lori Connors-Tadros, Ph.D., Senior Project Director, Center for Early Learning Outcomes, National Institute for Early Education Reseach, Rutgers University

  • Harriet Dichter, Executive Director, Delaware Office of Early Learning

  • Reyna Hernandez, Assistant Superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education

  • Dr. Phyllis Hudecki, Executive Director, Oklahoma Business & Education Coalition

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Starting Smart: Investing in Early Childhood Education

  • William Canary, President and CEO, Business Council of Alabama

  • Mike Herreld, Regional President for the Greater Washington Area, The PNC Financial Services Group

  • John Pepper Jr., Former CEO, Procter & Gamble and Advisory Board, ReadyNation

  • Elanna Yalow, Ph.D, CEO, Early Learning Programs, Knowledge Universe

Moderator: Jim Tankersley, Economic Policy Correspondent, The Washington Post

11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.




Starting Smart & Finishing Strong: Fixing the Cracks in America's Workforce Pipeline Through Investments in Early Childhood Development - Business has a clear economic stake in the future of our nation’s children and should be an active partner in promoting policies that help young children succeed.

Ready, Set, Go! Why Business Should Support Early Childhood Education - Ready, Set, Go! is a compilation of research on early learning opportunities for children from birth to age five, the impact on a child’s development, and the role of early learning in building a strong academic foundation.