Early Education Summit: Economic Impact on the States
February 28, 2020
Registration and Networking Breakfast
Navigating the Persistent Gaps
The big picture of childcare challenges in the U.S. is not as simple as it seems. Many misunderstand the complex nature of this national crisis. Oldham will set the stage by hitting the high points regarding progress that has been made bringing childcare into national workforce conversations as well as the persistent gaps that we must continue to navigate.
Competing for Talent
This panel will discuss childcare as a workforce issue, specifically what it means to compete for talent in today’s tight labor market. In a small town, attracting the right talent is critical to economic growth for business. When businesses understand the importance of childcare to their workforce of today, and prioritize that benefit, it has a measurable impact on time to hire, retention rates, and annual operational costs.
Continuing Education for Student Parents
This panel will discuss childcare and its impacts on social and economic mobility, specifically the importance of a working parent’s ability to finish or continue their own education. Data are clear that higher education is a vehicle to social and economic mobility. Tax credits, community collaboratives, and other efforts can make it possible for adult learners to work, learn, and afford the cost of care for their families.
Building a System of Care
This panel will discuss what it takes to build a system of care. Not every state in the country has started down the path of establishing an approach to solving childcare challenges, but every state needs to start from somewhere. Panelists will discuss how to kickstart the conversation, convene the right partners at the table, and create a futureproof plan for care across the state.
The Unconventional Challenge
This panel will discuss what it means to have a strong system of care established across the state and still find areas where the complexities of the childcare crisis sneak through. Not all childcare needs fit into neat little packages. Panelists will discuss how the business community can coordinate to support families that have an unconventional childcare need, such as support for late working hours and overnight shifts.
In Pursuit of Better
A community approach is required for the childcare challenge. This takes a village and requires the business community to explore and fully understand their role in the solution. This session will feature Sesame Street in Communities, an initiative to connect and empower the important grownups in children’s lives to build a “circle of care” to help children get off to a strong and healthy start.