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Early Learning


A high-quality early education instills a strong foundation of cognitive and social skills in children, making them more likely to graduate high school, stay out of crime, attend college, and achieve high earnings. But too many, particularly in underserved communities, remain without access to it, and thus run the risk of facing challenges now and down the road. Because of what’s at stake for both children and society at large, CED works to advance early education throughout the country. CED collaborates with local business leaders, policymakers, and like-minded organizations to increase the quality of, and access to, early education through public and private initiatives. 

Recent Activity





Early Learning


Blogs & Media

Additional Resources

Slides: Deborah Phillips at the 2017 Fall Policy Conference

Creating Opportunity: An Action Plan for Early Childhood Education

Senator Harkin Discusses CED's History and Advocacy in Early Learning

Video: Mike Petters Makes Case for Early Learning

Infographic: The Business Case for Child Care

CED's History and Involvement in Early Learning


Subcommittee Co-Chairs

  • Michael Chesser
    Chairman and CEO (Retired)
    Great Plains Energy, Inc.

  • Howard Fluhr
    Chairman Emeritus
    The Segal Group

  • Larry Jensen
    President & CEO
    Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors

  • Teresa Carlson
    Vice President, General Public Sector
    Amazon Web Services

  • Scott Pulsipher
    Western Governors University

  • Chris Gabrieli
    Co-Founder and CEO
    Empower Schools

  • Jo Kirchner
    Primrose Schools