ReadyNation, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, recently published the results from a survey that examined private business support of early childhood education programs. The good news is that since 2007, 44 states have had at least one large business group publicly support early education policy or program initiatives. Business groups included state chambers of commerce, large city chambers, and/or state business roundtable groups.
The report also found that:
- About half of the local chambers responding to the survey reported that their organization took action to support early childhood policy initiatives
- Business organizations in nearly all states (49 states) have publicly supported early childhood policy or program initiatives at some point.
- Early childhood—traditionally viewed as a family or social services issue—has become more of an education and economic development issue for businesses.