On April 24, Pre-K for PA released a new ReadyNation/America's Edge report entitled, "Strengthening Pennsylvania Businesses through Investments in Pre-Kindergarten." The report examines the economic benefits of pre-k investments in eight regions across the commonwealth and shows that for every $1 invested in high-quality pre-kindergarten education, a total of $1.79 is generated for the state in the short term. This rate of return outperforms many major sectors such as manufacturing ($1.68), retail trade ($1.77), and wholesale trade ($1.75). The report further details short and long-term benefits from high-quality early learning. Click here to view the state-wide report and other regional spotlights.
On March 27-28, 2014, ReadyNation/America's Edge hosted The Conference of the Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors in Charlotte, NC. This conference was designed to assist public sector finance, private investment, legal professionals, and representatives from philanthropy, policy, and service providers understand and develop innovative alternative financing mechanisms to fund early childhood programs – often referred to as Pay for Success (PFS) contracts or Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). Participants included senior professionals with significant responsibility for the decisions necessary to create a PFS model. This event was sponsored by the Pritzker Children's Initiative, a national project of the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, which recently awarded ReadyNation a grant to create EC Social Impact Performance Advisors.
ReadyNation/America’s Edge business leader members work to strengthen businesses and the economy through proven investments in children and youth. We take a critical look at the knowledge, skills and abilities businesses need their employees to have, including the ability to communicate, collaborate, and think critically. We educate policy-makers and the public about high-quality investments that protect America’s competitive edge in a global market place, build a foundation for lasting economic security, and help our nation’s children get on the right track. If you are a business leader who would like to be a part of ReadyNation/America’s Edge, please complete the online membership application form by clicking here.
Business and civic leaders in the states lead the way in protecting and strengthening smart investments in young children:
I’ve grown to believe strongly in early childhood education. It’s essential that we do something for these children. It’s also an economic necessity. It’s about the type of adults these children will become. It’s about improving the lives of children so they become productive adults. That’s the bottom line.
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ReadyNation is currently funded by:
Alliance for Early Success, Anne M. Mulcahy, Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Charles Butt, Community Products, LLC, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, Robert Dugger, Dwoskin Family Foundation, Early Care and Education Consortium, Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Phillip Wm. Fisher, George Gund Foundation, H-E-B, Heising Simons Foundation, Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, James E. Rohr, JP Morgan Chase, Kaplan Early Learning Company, Mary Black Foundation, Philip A. Peterson, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Potts Family Foundation, Pritzker Children's Initiative, Roy Bostock, The Schumann Fund for New Jersey, The Taub Foundation, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Zollar Family Fund, Trian Fund Management, The Turrell Fund, United Way of Central Indiana, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Welborn Baptist Foundation, and James M. Zimmerman
View the funders page for a list of all funders, past and present.