The business community is the number one consumer of the public education system and therefore must be an involved and engaged stakeholder in the education of America’s children. Through the Business Education Network (BEN) ―a coalition of business leaders engaged in Pre-K to 12th grade education policy, programs, and research―participants will develop and promote the implementation of programs and policies that improve academic achievement in this country.
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.
In 2008, Annick Pruett, President and CEO of the Rifle Chamber of Commerce in Colorado read an article linking children who are read to at a young age with high levels of community involvement when they get older.
2010 was a busy and productive year for ICW. We continued to grow our Business LEADs Network; convened a high-level panel of experts to discuss the midterm election results and their impact on education and workforce policy; published numerous reports on the importance of business supporting a range of issues, from early childhood education to extended learning time opportunities; and brought the documentary film Waiting for “Superman” to business audiences in a nationwide 12-city tour; among many other efforts.
Business has a clear economic stake in the future of our nation’s children and should be an active partner in promoting policies that help young children succeed.
Ready, Set, Go! is a compilation of research on early learning opportunities for children from birth to age five, the impact on a child’s development, and the role of early learning in building a strong academic foundation.
In 2009, ICW embarked on an ambitious agenda. We released our second Leaders and Laggards Report Card on Educational Innovation, published a report on postsecondary access to career and technical education, and testified before Congress on improving employment and training programs in the United States.
The PNC Financial Services Group is committed to help fund and advocate for policies in support of quality early childhood education for children – especially underserved children – from
While most chambers to date have not actively worked on early childhood education issues in their community, in Richmond, Virginia, the chamber has been doing so for more than a dozen years.