Until very recently, caring for young children was considered a family, actually a woman’s, responsibility. But things are changing. The workforce of today looks quite different. Leading employers have identified this shift and recognize that acknowledging it is a winning proposition, both for their business and for America’s future. The changing nature of the workforce and shifting employee expectations provide the business community with a unique opportunity to lead the way in implementing family friendly policies that support their employees and make economic sense for the business’ bottom line.
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Access to high-quality early education and child care is not simply a benefit to support working parents and families. It is an important mechanism for strengthening the workforce of today, the workforce of tomorrow, and the local economy.
Despite historically low unemployment and a growing economy, hiring skilled workers remains a challenge in many of our nation’s key industries, such as manufacturing, construction, information technology, and healthcare. We know America’s young people have talent. Now it’s time to embrace the tools necessary to more effectively discover and guide that emerging talent to high demand careers.
The U.S. Chamber Foundation's Center for Education and Workforce is partnering with Capita, Greenville First Steps, and Spartanburg First Steps to host a special event that will highlight the economic case for high-quality early childhood education as a part of the 2018 Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow roadshow.
The U.S. Chamber Foundation's Center for Education and Workforce is partnering with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce to host a special event, as part of their Eggs & Issues series, to highlight the economic case for high-quality early childhood education and kick off the 2018 Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow roadshow.
From Baton Rouge to Grand Rapids, Austin to Atlanta, and finishing up in Frankfort last month, our 2017 five-city childcare roadshow is complete. We brought together business leaders, policy makers, advocates, and practitioners to discuss the critical role of high-quality early education and care in advancing the workforce of today, and the workforce of tomorrow. The events were a great success and in each state, an energized business community is eager and ready to take the lead in advancing this conversation in their own community.
The Center for Education and Workforce is travelling to states around the country to discuss the importance of high-quality child care.
Providing affordable, accessible, and high-quality childcare options for America’s working families is one of the most effective ways we can ensure a healthy, prosperous economy.
In the face of an increasingly competitive global economy building a highly skilled workforce is more important than ever. American business depends on a strong workforce, now and in the future, to complete and succeed globally. Yet America is facing a challenge that threatens the productivity and strength of the workforce of today—as well as the workforce of tomorrow. America is facing a growing skills gap. And while this challenge manifests in the workforce, it has roots in the classroom. In response to this challenge, there is a need to rethink the entire education pipeline—starting at birth.