Early Childhood and K-12 Education
The students of today are the employees of tomorrow, and they need the skills to thrive in the 21st century global economy and beyond. Our education initiatives unite business, policy, and community leaders and stakeholders to develop solutions in early childhood and K-12 education.
Our early childhood education initiatives address a two-generation workforce challenge: supporting today's workforce and preparing tomorrow's workforce.
The K-12 education system of today leaves too many students underprepared for the careers ahead of them. We’re dedicated to closing achievement gaps, promoting standards-driven approaches, and connecting all students to a successful future.
Programs and Initiatives
The U.S. Chamber Foundation has developed Childcare Roadmap Videos to provide a visual representation of the Employer Roadmap: Childcare Solutions for Working Parents. This roadmap is for senior leaders to understand what options are available to address childcare needs for working parents, primarily those working shifts during non-traditional hours.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation released new research that examines the impact of data-driven accountability education policy over the last 20 years and sets the stage for concrete recommendations for the federal role in education.
Podcast: Educating the Workforce of the Future with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
On this episode of What's at Stake, Penta Partner Meghan Pennington explored the impact of early childhood education on the future workforce with our guests from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Senior Vice President and Vice President of Education & Workforce Policy, Cheryl Oldham, and Vice President of Policy and Programs, Caitlin Codella Low. Drawing from their extensive experience in the education sector, Cheryl and Caitlin provided valuable insights into the importance of a robust childcare system in shaping the workforce pipeline and the necessity of investing in our youngest learners.
The Morris County Early Childhood Educators Shared Services Alliance was formed to allow childcare providers the opportunity to build a higher-quality workforce and pool resources to gain valuable business and staffing support.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” might be a question asked of children, whose dreams and aspirations can feel far-fetched and far-reaching in ways that inspire and humor us. But as those children grow into young adults, navigating the pressures, stressors, and opportunities that come with making decisions about the future, we believe career readiness can do more to support young people as they decide what they’ll grow up to be—and give them the resources and tools to do it.
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.
Zeb Welborn and Renay Sehgal Mehta, through their roles at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and as Business Leads Fellows, are tackling workforce shortages facing businesses and communities.
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.
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.