ReadyNation is a membership organization of business leaders who work to strengthen businesses and the economy through proven investments in children and youth. We educate policy-makers and the public about research-based investments that will enable their businesses to compete in today’s competitive global marketplace, build a foundation for lasting economic security, and help our nation’s children get on the right track. We operate under the umbrella of the 501(c)3 non-profit, Council for a Strong America.

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 grow to become productive adults. 

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ReadyNation was originally created in 2006 by The Pew Charitable Trusts and a dozen other funders. In 2012, we became part of America’s Promise Alliance and at that time changed our name from the Partnership for America’s Economic Success to ReadyNation.

Investing in Our Youngest Children

ReadyNation supports quality early child care and education programs. Research shows that investments in quality early learning programs have impressive economic outcomes, both in the short- and long-term. Quality early learning programs have been shown to immediately generate about $2 for every $1 dollar invested, through the sale of local goods and services, providing an immediate benefit to communities and making early learning an important economic sector. Extensive research also demonstrates that high-quality early learning programs can help children attain impressive results in the long-term. Results from three rigorously studied early learning programs in which at-risk children participated in the programs were followed into adulthood, demonstrate the significant outcomes of these quality programs.

Children who participate in these programs can:

  • Increase pre-math skills by as much as 21%;
  • Increase pre-reading skills by as much as 52% – 74% for low-income children;
  • Cut special education placements by as much as 43% ;
  • Increase graduation rates by as much as 44%; and
  • Increase median earnings by as much as 36%.

Investing in High School Students

Innovative high school models are designed to equip students with the knowledge and abilities businesses now require. Innovative high school education models integrate career relevance instruction with rigorous academic curricula, standards, assessments and accountability systems. They often include a focus on “deeper learning skills,” which include a mastery of core academic content, and the increasingly important soft skills - communication, collaboration and critical thinking. Promising results from a few examples of these programs indicate that specific models have a positive earnings impact for youth and can help develop the skills employers need to compete in a global economy.

For example, “Career Academies” have demonstrated increased skill levels, graduation rates, and enrollment in post-secondary education and training. Furthermore, these students had a significant, sustained increase in earnings and overall months and hours of employment; and were twice as likely to be working in the computer, engineering or technology sector eight years after graduation as students left out. These schools:

  • Integrate rigorous academics and career relevance instruction
  • Provide internships and real work experience for youth so they learn what is expected in the workplace;
  • Teach through project-based learning to build collaboration skills;
  • Incorporate significant oral and written communication components- both individuals and as teams; and
  • Serve youth from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

Your voice is key to protecting and strengthening effective investments in children and youth.