Seven Actions the Business Community Can Take to Advocate for Improved Early Child Development
- Advocate for parents to have a choice of providers. Whether early childhood programs are delivered by public, private, or nonprofit programs, communities should ensure that a variety of quality programs are available and affordable.
- Encourage high quality early learning and K–12 alignment. Encouraging better alignment between early learning programs and kindergarten will help children succeed as the enter elementary school and beyond.
- Promote early learning policies as part of the economic development agenda. Early care and education is essential to a successful academic experience. Early care and education is also an essential service for all business sectors as it supports current workers and the future workforce.
- Share your business expertise and organizational skills to support the business side of child care. Explore ways to assist networks of child care providers by pooling and streamlining back-office purchasing, payroll, attendance and billing functions.
- Lay the groundwork for systemic change. Building better information about the current status of early childhood lays the critical groundwork for developing longer-term strategies for increased access, affordability and sustainability of high quality child care.
- Initiate local innovation. Collaborate with child care and community leadership to launch pilot, "proof of concept" models that investigate public-private partnerships and innovation.
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