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Since 1942, CED has been at the forefront of business engagement in public policy. CED's leadership in advancing early care and education, spanning several decades, has been a defining chapter in its long tradition of promoting business statesmanship. By 1968 CED had recognized the need for high quality preschool education to be part of a larger effort to improve the American education system. Since then, CED has published at least eight reports that draw attention to early childhood investment as a critical component of education reform. Over 200 business leaders have publicly endorsed CED's research on the importance of pre-kindergarten and led outreach efforts to secure the support of their peers for preschool across the country. CED's model of engaging the business community has mobilized corporate leaders to support early learning programs. Our many Members have traveled the country and spoken to business and civic audiences about the importance of investing in children and families.

Pathways to High-Quality Child Care: The Workforce Investment Credit

Pathways to High-Quality Child Care: The Workforce Investment Credit discusses the state of the early care and education workforce and recommends a proven first step towards linking professional development with a refundable tax credit. The...

August 31, 2017  |     |  Early Learning, EducationEarly Childhood

Child Care in State Economies

Child Care in State Economies examines the child care industry’s effect on parents’ participation in the labor force, and provides extensive details regarding the industry’s state economic impact, including: usage...

August 01, 2015  |     |  Early Learning, EducationEarly ChildhoodFiscal Health

Spring Policy Conference: April 22-23, Washington D.C.

Thanks to all who attended CED's 2015 Spring Policy Conference, held in Washington D.C. at the Willard InterContinental Hotel.CED’s policy conferences are forums for Members, senior policy makers, and industry leaders...

April 22, 2015  |   Event   |  Education, Democratic InstitutionsEducationEarly ChildhoodFiscal HealthGlobal Competitiveness

CED’s Petro to Keynote Early Ed Event in New York

CED is pleased to annouce that our Executive Vice President, Michael Petro, will provide keynote remarks on early education at the Early Care & Learning Council of New York's annual Beat the Blues fundraiser....

February 10, 2015  |   Event   |  Early Learning,  |  Education, EducationEarly Childhood

CED Co-Hosts Dinner on Early Education Policy in New Orleans

The Committee for Economic Development and the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region are hosting a policy dinner that will feature a presentation and discussion on the importance and future of early...

January 28, 2015  |   Event   |  Early Learning,  |  Education, EducationEarly Childhood

Quality Child Care Matters: Time for An Alternative Financing Strategy

Several reports that have been recently released re-affirm what has long been known about child care throughout the United States.  First, quality child care matters to the healthy development and school readiness of children....

December 12, 2014  |   Blog   |  Early Learning,  |  Education, EducationEarly Childhood

Bipartisan Child Care Bill Enacted to Assist Working Families

Last week in Washington, President Obama signed into law the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 (PL 113-186). Enactment of the legislation was historic because it has been 18 years since child care...

December 02, 2014  |   Blog   |  Early Learning,  |  Education, EducationEarly Childhood

Petro Speaks on Early Education to NY State Board of Regents

“The Committee for Economic Development has a decades-old commitment to quality early-childhood education. Over recent years, the case for investment in the early years of childhood has become stronger and more urgent. We continue...

September 16, 2014  |   Blog   |  Early Learning,  |  Education, EducationEducationEarly Childhood

A Walk-Through of CED’s Early Childhood Education Panel

By Grace Reef President Early Learning Policy GroupOn May 1, the Committee for Economic Development kicked off it’s 2014 Spring Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. with a panel discussion, “Our Unfinished Business...

May 21, 2014  |   Blog   |  Early Learning,  |  Education, EducationEarly Childhood

Spring Policy Conference, May 1-2, 2014: Washington, DC

Please join the Committee for Economic Development for our two-day Spring Policy Conference on May 1-2, 2014.This year’s program will feature in-depth conversations with senior leaders, CEOs, economists, and policy makers, on early...

May 01, 2014  |   Event   |  Early Learning,  |  Fiscal Health, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceJudicial Independence and SelectionEducationEarly ChildhoodForeign LanguagesK-12PostsecondaryFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetHealth CareTax ReformGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment

Lenny Mendonca: Invest in Early Childhood Now!

By Lenny Mendonca Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company Trustee, Committee for Economic Development Invest in Early Childhood Now!The development of a child’s brain is remarkable.  In its first years, 700 new neural...

April 09, 2014  |   Blog   |  Early Learning, EducationEarly Childhood

Cisneros Delivers Remarks at the Institute of Medicine’s Public Session “The Science of Children - Birth to Age 8”

Cindy Cisneros, Director of Education Programs at CED, recently delivered remarks on early childhood education before the Institute of Medicine.Watch the video below, and read more on the IOM's website here.

March 10, 2014  |   Blog   |  Early Learning, EducationEarly Childhood

Social Impact Bonds Fund Expanded Preschool in Utah

A million dollars is being devoted to expanding preschool in Utah.  Interestingly, this expansion is not funded by government, but through social impact bonds from Goldman Sachs and investor J.B. Pritzker.  How...

January 10, 2014  |   Blog   |  Early Learning, EducationEarly Childhood

Trustee Larry Jensen on Importance and Benefits of Early Education

By Larry Jensen“The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth." - ErasmusThe journey to the proper education of a child begins very early and traveling the...

October 03, 2013  |   Blog   |  Early Learning, EducationEarly Childhood

Get Ready for Kindergarten Month - Part 3

Are We Crazy About Our Kids? The Cost/Benefit Equation details the remarkable value of a quality early education, and also shines light on our lack of investment in it.  The documentary includes...

August 28, 2013  |   Blog   |  Early Learning, EducationEarly ChildhoodK-12

Get Ready for Kindergarten Month - Part 2

As part of Get Ready for Kindergarten Month, it's important to take a look at the current state of early learning here in the U.S.  Countless reports, including by the Committee...

August 21, 2013  |   Blog EducationEarly ChildhoodK-12

August 12 Day of Action: Changing the Way we Think About #WhatKidsNeed to Develop and Grow

An early strong foundation and stable home environment are the best for early child development. 

August 12, 2013  |   Blog   |  Early Learning, EducationEarly Childhood

Trustee Blog: Letting Every Child Rise to a Bright Future

        With America facing an ever-changing economy and increasing competition from other nations, it's crucial that our country's youth – especially vulnerable African-American boys – be prepared...

July 12, 2013  |   Blog EducationEarly ChildhoodK-12

America Has Got to Invest in Education

“The education system needs to be innovative and it needs to reflect this economy that we live in now." –Mike Petro, Executive Vice President, CEDEducation and the business community are inextricably linked,...

May 17, 2013  |   Blog   |  Teacher Effectiveness Project, EducationEarly Childhood

Grenada, MS Economic Development District (EDD) Hosts Annual Meeting with CED to Support Early Child

The Grenada County Economic Development District (EDD) held its annual meeting at Grenada Upper Elementary School on October 16, 2012, an event co-sponsored by the Committee for Economic Development (CED) and the Grenada Community Foundation. Steve Renfroe,...

October 18, 2012  |   Blog   |  Early Learning, EducationEarly ChildhoodFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal Budget

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