Conversations on Advancing Early Learning

The Role of Philanthropy in Early Learning

July 01, 2016

…remember that many of CED’s Members are incredibly influential—business people are incredibly influential—they don’t often use that influence in the public policy arena or…think about early childhood, but when they do, they can make an enormous difference.

When I was thinking about what I might do…to make the world a better place…I fell in love with [early childhood education] because it fits with the way I think in business…there’s an awful lot you can do when you start early to build something great.

When investing in and course correcting early in the life of at risk kids…you’re really improving the child’s life and their family’s lives.

So little money is focused in the early childhood arena, which is a tremendously unfortunate fact…we could spend a lot less in K-12 on remediation if we spent just a little more in early childhood education.

Many parents don’t know that even when the child is sitting in their bassinette…that it’s important to talk to their child…that whole endeavor is all about brain development…and the more we can prepare parents for that effort, the better off we all are.

Featuring J.B. Pritzker
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Pritzker Group


See J.B. Pritzker’s A Funder’s Guide to Early Childhood Development from Birth to Five for more information.