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New Report on Business Engagement for Early Childhood

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New Report on Business Engagement for Early Childhood

Championing Success: Business Organizations for Early Childhood InvestmentsIn partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, we are excited to announce the finding from a new survey that examined business support of early childhood programs in the U.S. The report, titled "Championing Success: Business Organizations for Early Childhood Investments" (Executive Summary), found that since 2007 at least one state chamber of commerce, large city chamber, or state business roundtable in 44 states has publicly supported early childhood policy or program initiatives. In addition, about half (49 percent) of the local chambers responding to the survey reported that their organization took action to support early childhood policy initiatives. Overall, the survey revealed that business organizations in nearly all states (49 states) have publicly supported early childhood policy or program initiatives.

The business organizations surveyed are major contributors to policy change and this survey provides examples of their impact on early childhood. Advocacy efforts from the Grand Rapids (MI) Chamber of Commerce helped enact new legislation on home visiting and the Ohio Business Roundtable helped restore $1.5 million in state funding cuts for home visiting services. Business organizations took many different actions to make their positions known: joining a coalition, making early childhood part of an overall policy agenda, providing legislative testimony or having other communication with policymakers, making speeches or other public statements in the news media, or undertaking a distinct project around early childhood. 

Types of business organizations supporting early childhood by state
Types of business organizations supporting early childhood by state
William Carpluk. "Championing Success: Business Organizations for Early Childhood Investments." 2013. ReadyNation. 

Survey findings also revealed that early childhood—traditionally viewed as a family or social services issue—has become more of an education and economic development issue for businesses. Organizations had multiple frames for this issue. In 41 states, large chambers or business roundtables presented their support for early childhood initiatives as part of an education agenda; however in 22 states, these organizations also framed parts of their efforts as workforce or economic development. 

Please be sure to read and share the report or the executive summary with your colleagues and business networks. You are welcome to print copies to use at your future events.

 

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