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.
Early Childhood Education
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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.
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.
Dr. Laura Jana offers her thoughts on the June 21 event on high-quality child care and the workforce.
The Center for Education and Workforce hosted an event bringing together early childhood development experts and business leaders to discuss the role of high-quality childcare in strengthening our nation’s economic prosperity.
On June 21, the Chamber Foundation will explore the role of high-quality child care in strengthening America's workforce.
Opportunity is at the heart of the American Dream, and at the heart of opportunity is a job. When the right person fills the right job, we all benefit—families, neighborhoods, businesses. We all grow and prosper. Yet, there’s a disconnect in our country.