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Green Bay, Fox Cities Biz Leaders Gather to Discuss Early Childhood Investment

CED, Thrivent Financial, Associated Bank, and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development co-hosted the invitation-only Business Champions for Wisconsin's Youngest Citizens breakfast forum Wednesday, June 17 at Thrivent Financial in Appleton, WI.

Key Fox Cities and Green Bay area business leaders heard about the benefits of early care and education and the current status of early childhood programming in Wisconsin. In small groups participants discussed ways local companies can 1) support working parents by providing them with information about local early childhood resources and programming 2) partner with other entities within the community to strengthen investments in young children 3) help guarantee that the necessary local and state level policies are enacted to ensure that quality early learning opportunities are available to all of Wisconsin's children.

Paul Beideman, Chairman & CEO of Associated Bank, outlined his organization's involvement in the Community Partnership for Children, which serves children and families in Brown County, and his personal commitment to this effort as the Partnership's Vice Chair. In addition to outlining his company's commitments to Wisconsin's children and families Jon Stellmacher, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff & Administration at Thrivent Financial, issued a call to action to his business leader peers encouraging them to learn more, advocate for improved state policies, and participate in designing locally sustainable solutions.

The forum was made possible with assistance from United Way Fox Cities and generous support from the Buffett Early Childhood Fund.