Today more than ever, businesses need employees who are prepared to succeed in the labor market. But the current workforce pipeline is not sufficient—not for businesses who need well-prepared employees, not for young people who need good jobs, and not for the nation that needs a growing economy.
Research shows that investments in quality early learning programs have impressive economic outcomes. 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. In the long-term, early learning can reduce crime, increase college graduation, and decrease negative health outcomes. All of this leads to a return on investment of $7 to $14 for every $1 dollar invested.
What Can Businesses Do?
As a business leader, there is a lot that you can do to help support the early learning movement in Pierce County.
Tell your elected officials and the media about the value of early childhood investments.
Adopt Family Friendly Business Practices
Juggling a career and family isn’t easy. Businesses that recognize this and create policies and practices that support their employees are shown to have a more productive and reliable workforce. There are a variety of steps you can take to being family friendly. Some ideas include: onsite child care, flexible work schedules, providing a comfortable lactation room, providing early learning information to employees, or setting up family support groups.
Join the Dialogue
Project Child Success is a community of people who are working together to find solutions to complex problems. Be part of the dialogue and share your ideas and expertise, by joining our Employer Network Action Team. This team is made up of business people just like yourself who want to think together about how to make our community a better place. Click here for more information.
If you don’t have time to donate, then think about making a financial contribution. Your donation will help make sure the early learning movement remains vibrant and robust. Donate now.