K-12 Education

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation publishes content on K-12 education and related issues. Find and access current and archived items in our database. 

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.  
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.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Selects Elite Cohort of Business Leadership Fellows

2019 November, BLFP Elite Cohort Launches
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced the launch of an advanced track for its Business Leads Fellowship Program called the Elite Cohort. This invitation-only program will focus on how Fellows can elevate education and workforce initiatives, navigate change, and learn best practices in program management.

Fellowship Program, Elite Cohort

The Fellowship Program Elite Cohort is a one-time, three-day program. This invitation-only, advanced track will focus on how Fellows can elevate existing education and workforce initiatives, better navigate change management to keep their projects and teams on track, and learn best practices in state, local chamber, or statewide association program evaluation, funding, data, and member services. 
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.
Talent Forward 2019 Wrap-Up
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Each year, as the Chamber Foundation hosts the Talent Forward national workforce conference, we focus on talent—educating and training, talent tech and data, recruiting, hiring, and upskilling. With no shortage of talent challenges, the opportunities for informative discussion are endless. While a day devoted to dissecting talent-related topics could focus solely on the problems, Talent Forward is all about the solutions.

ECE is a Broken System
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In this country, the early childhood education system is in market failure. In recent years we have seen the greatest federal funding increases for early childhood education in history, and yet those significant investments just barely make a dent to tackle the need. In 2018, NASEM studied “how to fund early care and education for children…that is accessible, affordable to families, and of high quality, including a well-qualified and adequately supported workforce.” The report concluded that a financial windfall of around $54 billion would be required. 

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