Job Opening in California with ReadyNation

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We are seeking a strategic organizer to engage business leaders across California in advocacy work related to growing the economy and strengthening tomorrow’s workforce through effective investments in youth.  The position is full-time, with excellent benefits, and located at our office in San Francisco.

The goals of the position are to (1) expand our strong and active voice of business leaders across California on issues relating to investments in children and youth that will strengthen California businesses, communities and the economy; and (2) mobilize those business leaders to educate the public and policy-makers about the benefits to business and local communities. Click here to read more about this position.

New ReadyNation Report: Closing the Job Skills Gap with New York Workers

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In six years New York State will face a deficit of 350,000 workers for mid-level skill jobs—those requiring more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. But a pipeline of skilled workers will be hard to create when 23 percent of New York high school students fail to graduate on time, and only 35 percent of our public school students graduate “college- and career-ready.” To reverse these skills gaps, we have released a report urging a three-point plan to build a qualified workforce in New York. Click here to view the report.

New Federal Reserve Endorsement of Early Education

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On July 13, Jeffrey Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, published an op-ed in The Washington Post supporting early childhood education programs as a human capital strategy. In response, we released a statement of support from four prominent ReadyNation business champions for early childhood. Additionally, we have compiled a report on Federal Reserve leaders' speaking out on the importance of early childhood education since the ground-breaking Minneapolis Federal Reserve report in 2003.

Recent Business Leader Actions

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

Illinois: Two ReadyNation members discussed how cuts to child care in Illinois would negatively affect employers and parents alike. 

Business Champions

Lisa Ventriss
Lisa Ventriss

Vermont Business Roundtable

Achieving universal pre-k for three- and four-year-olds is an issue that moves forward incrementally. Collaborate with the business community and place them in a lead role. The pre-k community can’t do this alone – and they will not be able to achieve success if they aren’t united in their effort.

View the full profile of Lisa Ventriss

View the full list of Business Champions

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.