April 16th, 2014

ILLINOIS ISSUES BLOG: To spend or to cut?

On April 15th, 2014, the Illinois Issues blog posted an article covering the release of a new research report describing the economic impact of investing in high-quality early care and education. The report, entitled "Strengthening Illinois Businesses through Investments in Early Care and Education," details research showing that every $1 invested in quality early learning generates a total of $1.94 in the short-term for the region through the ...
April 15th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Business Leaders: Early Learning Provides Significant Economic Boost in Illinois

    For release:  10:30 a.m. CT, April 15, 2014 Media contact:  Sean Noble – cell: 312-502-5566; email snoble@americasedge.org   Business Leaders: Early Learning Provides Significant Economic Boost in Illinois  New research fuels call to protect, strengthen early childhood programs   Investments in early care and education provide an impressive and nearly immediate business boost for local communities throughout Illinois, ...
April 11th, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: Business leaders tout economic boost of early education investments in Illinois

    CONTACT:  Sean Noble – snoble@americasedge.org, work: 312-288-8229; cell: 312-502-5566   NEWS ADVISORY   Business leaders tout economic boost of early education investments in Illinois New research fuels call to protect, strengthen early childhood programs   Every public dollar invested in early care and education produces an impressive and nearly immediate boost for businesses throughout Illinois.  Plus, these investments hold enormous potential to create thousands more jobs and generate more than ...
March 28th, 2014

LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER: Restore child-care funds to Ky. budget; Senate right to reduced earmarked projects

On March 27, 2014, the Lexington Herald-Leader published an editorial (Restore child-care funds to Ky. budget; Senate right to reduced earmarked projects) commenting on the ongoing discussions in the Kentucky State House and Senate as they attempt to resolve differences in their versions of the two-year General Fund budget. The article emphasized a recent ReadyNation/America's Edge report, which shows that Kentucky get a $1.64 return on every $1 it spends on ...
March 26th, 2014

MLIVE: Home visiting program for mentoring at-risk families is a smart investment

On March 26th, 2014, Mlive.com featured a guest column by ReadyNation/America's Edge members Mary Jane Mapes, [President & Founder, Aligned Leader Institute] and Gregory J. Turner, [ CEO,TBF Graphics]. Their article entitled, "Home visiting program for mentoring at-risk families is a smart investment," describes the business reasons that high-quality, voluntary home visiting programs can have for parents and their children. "... as business leaders we see [quality home visiting programs] ...
March 21st, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Assemblymember Gonzalez Visits Career Academies at Hilltop High School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 21 2014 Contact: Meghan Moroney, (415) 450-1913, mmoroney@americasedge.org   Assemblymember Gonzalez Visits Career Academies at Hilltop High School Chula Vista, Calif. – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) toured Hilltop High School today to see first-hand how Linked Learning is preparing students for the future and providing a pipeline of qualified employees to businesses in the San Diego region. Assemblywoman Gonzalez met with business leaders and educators ...
March 21st, 2014

STATELINE: Results-Based Financing for Preschool Catching On

On March 21st, 2014, Stateline, the "Daily News Service of the Pew Charitable Trusts," published an article describing an innovative new financing model.  Called "results-based financing, "pay-for-success", or "social impact bonds," these models have private investors or philanthropists provide the initial funding for social programs that are expected save taxpayers dollars down the road. If the policy goals are met and the saving materialize (according to third-party evaluators), the investors receive their money ...
March 19th, 2014

KY CHAMBER BLOG: Chamber board chair touts early childhood programs at Capitol news conference

On March 17th, 2014, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Blog published a post describing a press event held in response to the  release of a ReadyNation/America’s Edge report which shows that investments in high-quality early learning programs provide a significant economic boost for businesses. Kentucky Chamber Chairwoman Elizabeth McCoy, president of Planter’s Bank in Hopkinsville, spoke alongside Gov. Steve Beshear and Stu Silberman, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, and ...
March 19th, 2014

CHARLOTTE CHAMBER: ReadyNation/America’s Edge and Paying for Success

On March 19, 2014, Donald K. Jonas, Ph.D., Executive Director of Care Ring, wrote an entry for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce blog entitled, "ReadyNation/America's Edge and Paying For Success." Jonas described the rising interest in an innovative alternative financing mechanisms to scale up early childhood innovations, often called Pay for Success (PFS) contracts of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs).  He explained that these new models ask government to only pay ...
March 14th, 2014

THE LANE REPORT: Economic benefit to business of early childhood programs is focus of investment report

On March 13th, 2014, The Lane Report posted an article describing a press event hosted by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The event was held in response to the release of a ReadyNation/America’s Edge report that shows investments in high-quality early care and education programs can generate immediate sales of local goods and services, attract workers, create jobs and aid in long-term economic security in Kentucky. “This report supports what we are doing in Kentucky ...