April 23rd, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ensuring the Central New York Region’s Global Success

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Chris Beakey, Communications Directorcbeakey@americasedge.org Cell: 302/448-0253, Office: 202/464-7016 Jenn O’Connor, New York State Directorjoconnor@americasedge.org Cell: 518/817-1107         **Media Advisory for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23rd **  Ensuring the Central New York Region’s Global Success Reversing our “skills gaps” through high school education models and rigorous standards   SYRACUSE, NY – ...
April 18th, 2014

RADIO NETWORK: Preschool advocates lobby legislature

On April 17th, 2014, Radio Network aired a piece discussing a call for high-quality early care and education from a surprising group: business leaders. The business leaders, including Tom Fitch, Vice President, Harold O’Shea Builders, Springfield, and Chairman of the Greater Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; Honorable John Miller, Mayor, City of Collinsville; Lisa Savegnago, President, Nameplate & Panel Technology, Carol Stream; and B. Bradford Billings, President & CEO, Blessing Health System, Quincy, released a new research report ...
April 18th, 2014

QUINCY HERALD-WHIG: Blessing’s Billings backs study outlining economic benefits of early childhood learning

On April 16th, 2014, the Quincy Herald-Whig published an article describing a recent Illinois press conference to release a new research report showing the economic benefits of high-quality early care and education. Speakers at the event included Tom Fitch, Vice President, Harold O’Shea Builders, Springfield, and Chairman of the Greater Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; Honorable John Miller, Mayor, City of Collinsville; Lisa Savegnago, President, Nameplate & Panel Technology, Carol Stream; and B. Bradford ...
April 17th, 2014

WUIS 91.9: Pre-k education provides for economic growth

Radio Station WUIS 91.9 posted coverage of a recent press conference featuring Illinois business leaders discussing new research showing the economic benefits of high-quality early care and education programs. The ReadyNation/America's Edge report shows that high-quality early learning programs are good for businesses and the economy both now and in the long-term. Although the business leaders eventually hope to restore cuts to, and eventually increase the budget for, early learning ...
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 15th, 2014

BROOKINGS: Why business should see early childhood development as a smart investment

On April 14, 2014, Brookings Institute published a post entitled, "Why businesses should see early childhood development as a smart investment." The post recapped a webinar hosted by the Center for Universal Education at Brookings (CUE), the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education), and ReadyNation/America's Edge. The webinar was the initial event of the new partnership between CUE and GBC-Education, called "Business for Early Childhood Development" or Biz4ECD. The webinar ...
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] ...