Conference of the Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors

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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. 

Become a Member of ReadyNation/America's Edge

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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.

New Job Opening with ReadyNation/America's Edge

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The Council for a Strong America is seeking a Deputy Director for ReadyNation/America’s Edge, which mobilizes business leaders to advocate for a stronger economy through better state and federal policies for children. This position, located in Washington, D.C., requires 8-10 years of experience in business and public policy. Experience with children’s policy not required. Join this exciting initiative to improve the workforce of the future. Click here for more information.

Recent Business Leader Actions

Business and civic leaders in the states lead the way in protecting and strengthening smart investments in young children:

NationalJohn Pepper, Retired Chairman and CEO, Procter & Gamble, and member of ReadyNation/America's Edge testified before the Senate HELP Committee on the Strong Start for America's Children Act.

Business Champions

Paul O'Brien
Paul O'Brien

The O'Brien Group


If quality early education is available, it can be a salvation to children and is increasingly important in an economy that is becoming less physical and more brain-oriented.

View the full profile of Paul O'Brien

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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 FoundationH-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 TrustsPotts 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 FundUnited 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.