August 12th, 2014

Statement on Common Core State Standards Initiative

Too many in the workforce, especially younger workers, lack both “hard skills” and the increasingly important “soft skills” – communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Key to developing these skills are improved rigorous standards and assessments being implemented by school districts across the country, known as the “Common Core State Standards Initiative” – or CCSS. [i] Creation of the CCSS The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief ...
July 14th, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT: ReadyNation/America’s Edge Becomes ReadyNation

Last February we were pleased to announce the merger of ReadyNation and America’s Edge, creating the preeminent national initiative that mobilizes business leaders to strengthen the economy through effective investments in children and youth. ReadyNation was originally created at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and it moved to the Council for a Strong America from America’s Promise Alliance. America’s Edge was created by the Council for a ...
July 14th, 2014

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: Illinois’ cuts in child care hurt families and businesses

On July 12, 2014 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an letter to the editor from Collinsville Mayor John Miller and Chairman of the Collinsville Economic Development Commission Kevin Weinacht, titled "Illinois' cuts in child care hurt families and businesses." In their piece, Miller and Weinacht highlight that Illinois' cuts to state-supported child care "...virtually guarantees an increase in the absenteeism that results when employees take time off to deal with child care problems. Such ...
May 29th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Inland Empire Business Leaders Release Report, Cite Skills Gap Concerns Highlight Linked Learning as Innovative Education Approach and Solution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2014 Contact: Jennifer Ortega, California State Director, 916-837-3904, jortega@americasedge.org; Meghan Moroney, Communications Director, 415-450-1913, mmoroney@americasedge.org   Inland Empire Business Leaders Release Report, Cite Skills Gap Concerns  Highlight Linked Learning as Innovative Education Approach and Solution  ONTARIO, Calif. – Local business ...
May 28th, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: Inland Empire Business Leaders Release Report, Cite Skills Gap Concerns

**EVENT Advisory for THURSDAY, MAY 29**  Inland Empire Business Leaders Release Report, Cite Skills Gap Concerns Highlight Linked Learning as Innovative Education Approach and Solution ONTARIO, Calif. – A new report by Ready Nation/America’s Edge estimates that, by 2025, California employers will face a deficit of 2 million workers to fill middle- and high-skill ...
May 13th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Coalition of 1,000 business leaders calls for quality preschool expansion to drive economic growth

Coalition of 1,000 business leaders calls for quality preschool expansion to drive economic growth Data in NIEER State Preschool Yearbook is Cause for Alarm Contact: Chris Beakey, email: cbeakey@americasedge.org (WASHINGTON, DC) ReadyNation/America's Edge, a coalition of more than 1,000 business leaders from across the country, is calling for an unprecedented expansion of quality ...
May 12th, 2014

NEWS & OBSERVER: Harvey A. Schmitt: Core values for future

On May 10th, 2014, the Raleigh News & Observer published an op-ed by North Carolina member, Harvey Schmitt[President & CEO, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce], calling attention to North Carolina's need for a skilled workforce.  Schmitt stated, "business needs graduates with the core academic knowledge and deeper learning skills - communication, collaboration and critical thinking- for North Carolina to continue to compete in the global economy," but he expressed concern that many students ...
May 12th, 2014

STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER: Tom Fitch: Early learning strengthens the economy

On May 10th, 2014, the State Journal-Register published an op-ed by Illinois member, Tom Fitch, [Vice President, Harold O'Shea Builders and Chairman, Greater Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce], calling for a surprising investment to strengthen the state's economy: quality early learning. In the article entitled, "Early learning strengthens the economy," Fitch explains the research showing that there are significant economic outcomes from high-quality early care and education programs. The "multiplier ...
May 9th, 2014

NEWS IS MY BUSINESS: Experts agree, early childhood is a good investment

On May 9, 2014, the Puerto Rico based News is my Business, published an article describing the 10th annual Global Forum on Early Care and Education, where ReadyNation/America's Edge National Director, Sara Watson, presented on a panel of economic experts. Watson discussed the many types of investment models for private enterprise to contribute to early childhood. She demonstrated that these investments have a wide base of support from the business community - ...
May 6th, 2014

THE TIMES: PALMER: Early childhood education is crucial

On May 2, 2014, The Times in Ottawa, Illinois, published an article by ReadyNation/America's Edge member, Boyd Palmer, [Executive Director, Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry] entitled, “Early childhood education is crucial.” Palmer stated that budget cuts over the past several years have cut more than 25,000 children from state-supported pre-school programs across the state. In LaSalle County, 140 pre-k slots were removed - or the equivalent of seven ...