Economic Impact

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases New Guide for Business Engagement in Early Ed -

The U.S. Chamber Foundation Center for Education and Workforce released a new guide this week that provides resources for the business community to advance access to high-quality, affordable early learning and care. In addition to the proven benefits of early childhood education for children, access to affordable, reliable, and high-quality early learning and care opportunities provides working families with better job stability and overall economic security. Unfortunately, the need … Read More

Head Start Benefits Kids Who Attend — And Their Kids, Too -

A new study shows that the children of people who had access to Head Start are more likely to graduate high school and attend college, and less likely to commit crime and become a teen parent, according to Chalkbeat. “Our findings indicate that societal investments in early childhood education can disrupt the intergenerational transmission of the effects of poverty,” write researchers Andrew Barr of Texas A&M and Chloe Gibbs … Read More

The Business Case for High-Quality Child Care -

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce released a report in June that explores the role high-quality child care plays in the education and workforce pipeline. Business leaders, local Chamber members, and early learning advocates convened at the Chamber in June to commensurate the report and the importance and economic benefit of high-quality child care. “By laying the crucial groundwork for tomorrow’s workforce and promoting a … Read More

POLL: American Families Struggle with the Cost of Child Care -

Child care is among the largest household expenses for families with young children across the country. According to a new study from Care.com, one-third of American families spend 20% of their household income on child care, leaving some families feeling financial strain. Care.com’s Cost of Care Survey also found that 67% of new parents were surprised by how much child care costs, while 52% of families thought they were already … Read More

FFYF and Bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus Host Hill Briefing On Early Childhood Education -

This week, the First Five Years Fund, in cooperation with the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, convened a panel of experts to highlight the importance of high-quality early childhood education and development. Brain science confirms that the first five years of life play a critical role across all domains of learning and development. A number of federal programs, combined with efforts on the state and local levels, help children from … Read More