CED Convenes Milwaukee Business Leaders to Discuss Early Childhood Education as an Economic Developm

CED, Manpower Inc., and the Partnership for Wisconsin's Economic Success convened an influential group of Milwaukee business leaders for the Business Champions for Wisconsin's Youngest Citizens breakfast forum at Manpower headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

During this forum, key Milwaukee area business leaders engaged in a discussion on the benefits of investing in early education, received information about the current status of early childhood programming in Wisconsin, and were encouraged to advocate for improved state policies and to participate in designing locally sustainable solutions.

Jeff Joerres, Chairman & CEO of Manpower Inc. and a CED Trustee opened the forum by underscoring the vital role early childhood education plays in stimulating a child's intellectual curiosity and life-long love of learning. CED President Charles Kolb discussed the business case for investing in early learning and provided examples of business leadership in this area. Dennis Mueller, retired Vice President, Gas Operations, Quanta Services, described his personal efforts to shift the odds for disadvantaged kids by establishing the Community Childcare Support Foundation, Inc. Jon Stellmacher, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff & Administration, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, described the mission of the recently created Partnership for Wisconsin's Economic Success.

The forum was made possible with assistance from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and generous support from the Buffett Early Childhood Fund.