Governor Kathleen Sebelius Addresses Business and Education Leaders In Overland Park

CED, in partnership with early childhood leadership teams from Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, hosted an event on the importance of investing in early childhood development. Chairman, President & CEO of Great Plains Energy Services and CED Trustee Michael Chesser welcomed the audience of education and business leaders from the Kansas City area.

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius

In her keynote remarks, Governor Kathleen Sebelius outlined her proposal to increase funding for early education, and asked the audience to contact their state legislators to urge their support for the proposal. If America is to compete in the international marketplace, said Sebelius, it cannot afford to leave 20% of its workforce insufficiently educated. After the governor’s remarks, Flavio Cunha, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania presented his research on the economic impact of investing in early childhood education. Judith Carta, Principle Investigator & Sr. Scientist, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project discussed the cognitive benefits of investing in early childhood development.

Local businessman Robert D. Regnier, President, Bank of Blue Valley, delivered closing remarks, in which he appealed to all business leaders to take an active role in advocating increased awareness of, and funding for, early childhood education.

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