High-quality early education programs are vital to future economic growth and maintaining a highly skilled workforce. Support and investments at the national, state, and local levels for early education programs must continue to be a priority despite the downturn in the economy. CEOs and prominent business leaders must assume a more active role in advocating for early education programs.
Those are the main recommendations of Unfinished Business: Continued Investment in Child Care and Early Education is Critical to Business and America’s Future, a new report from the Committee of Economic Development (CED), a Washington D.C.-based, business-led national policy group. The report was released at a forum in Detroit that featured remarks by James Rohr, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PNC Financial Services, Inc. and Carl Camden, Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Services, Inc. Mr. Rohr and Mr. Camden are CED Trustees and long-time supporters of improving educational opportunities for young children. The CED initiative is aimed at engaging business leaders across the country in the effort to develop more high-quality early learning opportunities for children from birth to age 8.