"While Colorado’s child care capacity is decreasing, the population of young children is increasing, creating a crisis that has implications for us all. Businesses have a real opportunity to help offset this by supporting solutions for their working parents."
— Katherine Gold, President, GoFish
EPIC CEO Roundtable, Colorado Business Owner
Welcome! This toolkit provides the business sector with the resources and knowledge needed to be part of the solution to enhance Colorado’s early childhood environment.
Developing youth who are ready for post-secondary success begins early. In fact, research shows that 80 percent of brain development happens before age five. During this time of rapid brain growth, the environment of a child has a great influence on the development of cognitive and emotional skills. Addressing child care, health and parenting now means a payoff later with a future workforce that has had a better start in life. It makes good business sense: invest wisely on the front-end in order to generate a good product on the back-end.
Four Ways for Businesses to
Support Early Childhood Development
Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) is a coalition of business leaders, nonprofits and foundations who are committed to making early childhood care, education, health, and parenting among the highest priorities for Colorado’s public and private investments. EPIC’s mission is to harness the political and financial capital of Colorado’s business sector to ensure that all children develop into healthy, educated and productive citizens. Learn more...
Business support for early childhood development can:
- Improve Colorado's future workforce.
- Reduce employee absenteeism and tardiness.
- Reduce employee turnover.
- Help employers to recruit and retain the best possible employees.
- Increase employee productivity.
- Improve a businesses’ public image.