Frequently Asked Questions
America’s Edge is a membership organization of business leaders under the umbrella of non-profit, Council for a Strong America, dedicated to strengthening businesses and the economy through proven investments in our nation’s children and youth.
To protect America’s competitive edge in a global market place, strengthen businesses both today and tomorrow, and build a foundation for lasting economic security, our nation must invest in high-quality, proven programs for children and youth. We focus on programs targeted at children in their earliest years from birth to the age of five, as well as on quality programs for high school students, such as career academy models. These investments strengthen American businesses and our communities, improve children’s lives, and pay for themselves many times over.
America’s Edge staff work with our members to educate policy-makers and the public by:
- Communicating with elected officials through letters and personal meetings.
- Submitting opinion editorials and letter-to-the editor to local newspapers.
- Participating in press events when new research reports are released.
- Participating in legislative hearings and briefings.
“When the business community gets involved with early learning issues, it will draw considerable attention, just due to the fact that the business community is involved.”
–Dana F. Connors, President, Maine Chamber of Commerce.
America’s Edge is helping change the way policy-makers and the public look at investments in programs for children and youth. America’s Edge members are guiding the way to a stronger and more sustainable economy by advising policy-makers on why our nation must invest in high-quality, proven programs that provide immediate benefits to businesses’ bottom lines and ensure businesses will have employees with the skills American businesses need to succeed. America’s Edge members know these investments have high rates of return and provide both short- and long-term gains for local economies and our communities.
America’s Edge has generated media coverage of its message to “strengthen businesses and the economy through proven investments in our nation’s children and youth” in newspapers and media events across the country.
America’s Edge has educated numerous policy-makers and opinion leaders through testimony, briefings and meetings about how businesses and economy will be strengthened though investments in children.
America’s Edge provides a critical voice in winning billions of dollars in new federal and state investments in Head Start, pre-kindergarten, early childhood care and education, and other programs for children and youth.
America’s Edge is supported by tax-deductible contributions from foundations, individuals and corporations. America’s Edge accepts no funds from federal, state or local governments. America’s Edge operates under the umbrella of Council for a Strong America, a 501 (c)(3) organization.