Early Childhood Education

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation publishes content on early childhood education and related issues. Find and access current and archived items in our database. 

Talent Forward 2020

The dates for the U.S. Chamber Foundation's premiere workforce conference have been announced. Save the date for Talent Forward 2020 on October 30, 2020.

Early Education Summit: Economic Impact on the States

Join the U.S. Chamber Foundation at the Early Education Summit in Washington, D.C. on February 28 to learn about unique childcare challenges facing U.S. states, hear new data on the economic impact of childcare breakdowns, and listen to experts who are developing solutions.
Iowa Survey on Early Education Needs
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The current unemployment rate in Iowa is 2.5%, and there are currently 40,000 people on unemployment and 60,000 job openings. As historically low unemployment continues, employers are always looking for opportunities to recruit more workers and also to retain their existing workforce. To solve this challenge, Iowa business leaders have increased wages, offered flexible work environments where possible, and expanded benefits. More recently, one of those benefits is childcare.  

Publications

These publications have built the foundation for the strategic approach that we take towards preparing K-12 students for success and connecting those students with real career pathways.
Accelerating Childcare in Oregon
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Like much of the nation, Oregon is in a childcare crisis. There are openings for only one in three children under the age of five in registered childcare centers and in-home providers. This is not only a crisis for families seeking affordable and high-quality childcare, it impacts employers who are struggling to attract and retain talent in a record low unemployment environment. 
2019 Building Bridges Report

This report brings together data, research, and lessons learned to guide the development of successful and lasting partnerships between the business and early childhood education communities. In surveys, focus groups, and interviews, we asked business leaders and early education advocates about what compels them to action. Our recommendations are grounded in that qualitative and quantitative research.

How They Built This: Early Ed Edition Webinar

Build Up SMC has partners countywide that are dedicated to solving childcare facility challenges. The Bend Chamber has hired a full time staff to focus on childcare needs in central Oregon. They're here to answer your questions on how they did it and where they're going.
Workforce Challenges Solved with Early Reading as a Priority
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The 2019 Nation’s Report Card, released last week, showed alarming drops in reading and disappointingly middling results in math. This has huge implications for our nation’s future workforce and heartbreaking consequences for families across the country who are trusting our public education system for the most basic of learning goals. 

Twitter Chat: Early Education Messaging

Join us at #LetsChatECE to discuss the most effective language for building successful partnerships that last, some terminology tips, data to support the most common and compelling cases for why businesses should engage in early childhood education conversations, and some case studies that provide real-world examples of partnerships gone right.

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