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ReadyNation A business partnership for early childhood and economic success. Council for a Strong America is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that unites five organizations comprised of law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, business executives, pastors, and prominent coaches and athletes who promote solutions that ensure our next generation of Americans will be citizen-ready.
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Read our new report, “Closing the Digital Divide in Ohio,” to learn how expanding access to high-speed internet will pro...
03/12/2021

Read our new report, “Closing the Digital Divide in Ohio,” to learn how expanding access to high-speed internet will provide more equitable opportunities for learning and strengthen the future workforce.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3l9UY39

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Dr. Hanson to speak at your next ev...
03/10/2021

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Dr. Hanson to speak at your next event about the importance of healthy early brain development. There are no speaking fees.

Learn more at strongnation.org/BrainScience

This #InternationalWomensDay we are featuring female business leaders making a difference for early learners. Extended f...
03/08/2021
Managing Childcare: The Power Of Family-Friendly And Inclusive Cities

This #InternationalWomensDay we are featuring female business leaders making a difference for early learners. Extended family member of ReadyNation, Carmen Niethammer (formerly with the International Finance Corporation) is a longtime advocate for gender, diversity, and inclusion and recently authored an article on The Role of Cities in #TacklingChildcare via Forbes. Thank you, Carmen for your leadership and dedication to ensuring every family has access to affordable, high-quality childcare! #IWD2021 #WomensHistoryMonth

Read more: https://bit.ly/30qT3gZ

When national governments fail to provide childcare support critical for parents' labor force participation, municipalities and local employers can make all the difference. Here is how.

ReadyNation Illinois ’ new report, “Improving Equity & Opportunity in Illinois’ Workforce,” explains how reducing inequi...
03/05/2021

ReadyNation Illinois ’ new report, “Improving Equity & Opportunity in Illinois’ Workforce,” explains how reducing inequities in early childhood education can create a more robust workforce.

Read the report: https://bit.ly/3c5oov0

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Dr. Jarvis of UW Institute for Lear...
03/04/2021

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Dr. Jarvis of UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences to speak at your next event about the importance of healthy early brain development. There are no speaking fees.

Learn more at strongnation.org/BrainScience

This #BlackHistoryMonth ReadyNation is featuring business leaders with a lifelong commitment to early childhood educatio...
02/26/2021

This #BlackHistoryMonth ReadyNation is featuring business leaders with a lifelong commitment to early childhood education including Sly James. During and after his tenure as Mayor of Kansas City, he has been a tireless champion for children. He was the first KC mayor to appoint an education advisor, created Turn the Page KC to promote 3rd grade reading proficiency, was invited to the White House in recognition of this work, and is now a celebrated author. Thank you for your leadership in Kansas City and continued efforts at Wickham James in 2021!

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Dr. Bachleda of UW Institute for Le...
02/25/2021

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Dr. Bachleda of UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences to speak at your next event about the importance of healthy early brain development. There are no speaking fees.

Learn more at strongnation.org/BrainScience

Read our new report, “Building Equity for All,” that explains how school funding is key to educational equity and a tran...
02/23/2021

Read our new report, “Building Equity for All,” that explains how school funding is key to educational equity and a transformative investment in low-wealth communities in Pennsylvania. https://bit.ly/3aMDeYg

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Joel Evans, MD to speak at your nex...
02/18/2021

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Joel Evans, MD to speak at your next event about the importance of healthy early brain development. There are no speaking fees. Learn more at strongnation.org/BrainScience

ReadyNation is pleased to announce Maxine Clark (Founder Build-A-Bear Workshop; CEO The Clark-Fox Family Foundation) and...
02/17/2021

ReadyNation is pleased to announce Maxine Clark (Founder Build-A-Bear Workshop; CEO The Clark-Fox Family Foundation) and Hugh Welsh (President and General Counsel DSM North America) will be joining Jack Brennan (Chairman Emeritus and Senior Advisor Vanguard) as Co-Chairs of ReadyNation’s CEO Task Force on Early Childhood, a subset of the ReadyNation network of 3,000+ executives around the country. The Task Force is an invitation-only body of business leader champions for early childhood who represent regional, national, and multinational companies across industries. Brennan will continue to serve as a valued Co-Chair along with the two new appointees, Clark and Welsh. We look forward to their Task Force leadership in 2021!

We warmly thank the outgoing Task Force Co-Chairs John Pepper (Ret. Chairman & CEO of Procter & Gamble) and James Zimmerman (Ret. Chairman & CEO of Macy’s) for their support and applaud their longstanding commitment and continued dedication to help prepare every child to succeed in school, work, and life.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3ariPHW

This Black History Month we are featuring African American business leaders moving the needle on early childhood educati...
02/16/2021

This Black History Month we are featuring African American business leaders moving the needle on early childhood education, including Edmond Hughes, Vice President of Human Resources and Administration at Ingalls Shipbuilding, A Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

As the founding member of the Early Childhood Investment Council, Edmond has played a key role in advancing high-quality early childhood programs in Mississippi. In addition to helping to guide ReadyNation on the recruitment of business leaders across the state, he was also quoted in ReadyNation’s factsheet, “The Business Case for Early Childhood Investments in Mississippi.”

Thank you for your strong leadership as a member of the Mississippi ReadyNation Early Childhood Investment Council.

Read the full report here: https://www.strongnation.org/articles/1187-the-business-case-for-early-childhood-investments-in-mississippi

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Dr. Zosh to speak at your next even...
02/11/2021

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Dr. Zosh to speak at your next event about the importance of healthy early brain development. There are no speaking fees.

Learn more: strongnation.org/BrainScience

02/11/2021

Thank you Miguel Duenas, Dean of Student Services at @elachuskiesfor an educational leaders' perspective on the importance of building #PostsecondaryPathways for increasing #postsecondary attainment for CA students & meeting CA’s future workforce needs 👏

REPORT LINK IN BIO.

🚨REPORT RELEASE TOMORROW: 2/10/21🚨Equipping Californians with the skills & credentials needed in the workforce is impera...
02/09/2021

🚨REPORT RELEASE TOMORROW: 2/10/21🚨

Equipping Californians with the skills & credentials needed in the workforce is imperative to our future economic success. Investing in #DualEnrollment can help us increase #postsecondary attainment & meet CA’s workforce future needs.

This Black History Month we are featuring Black business leaders moving the needle on early childhood, starting with Ant...
02/09/2021
2020 A Year of Perfect Change

This Black History Month we are featuring Black business leaders moving the needle on early childhood, starting with Antwanye Ford, President & CEO of Enlightened, Inc.. As Vice Chair of U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., Antwayne has played a pivotal role in advocating for affordable, high-quality child care across the country. In 2020, he attended ReadyNation's D.C. business leader breakfast breakfast: Investing in Birth-To-Three to Build DC’s Future, signed-on to two public statements (one for policy change in Washington, DC and the other for Congress to prioritize child care as part of the COVID economic relief package), and led a professional development session for Council for a Strong America staff on the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on Black-owned businesses. Thank you for your leadership as a member of the ReadyNation CEO Task Force on Early Childhood.

Read more on his important work in this spotlight in the Franchise Journal on Black entrepreneurship:

https://www.franchisejournal.com/2020-a-year-of-perfect-change

Franchise Journal Magazine is your go to resource for everything you need to know about establishing and sustaining a successful franchise operation.

This week Tonya Ware, our Mississippi Project Director, attended the Early Childhood Development Virtual Capitol Day alo...
02/05/2021

This week Tonya Ware, our Mississippi Project Director, attended the Early Childhood Development Virtual Capitol Day along with advocates and legislators across the state to discuss the importance of high-quality early childhood education for Mississippi kids. ReadyNation's Early Childhood Investment Council will #PowerTheFutureMS

Yesterday, business leaders and early education experts convened to release and discuss the new report, “Home-Based Chil...
02/05/2021
Business Leaders and Child Care Experts Discuss the Importance of Home-Based Child Care to Arizona’s Workforce

Yesterday, business leaders and early education experts convened to release and discuss the new report, “Home-Based Child Care: A Surprising Key to Keeping the Arizona Workforce Strong.”

Learn more about the event and watch the video below: https://www.strongnation.org/articles/1441-business-leaders-and-child-care-experts-discuss-the-importance-of-home-based-child-care-to-arizona-s-workforce

Home-based child care experts and business leaders joined a panel discussion to release a new ReadyNation report

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Dr. Blechman to speak at your next ...
02/04/2021

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Dr. Blechman to speak at your next event about the importance of healthy early brain development. There are no speaking fees.

Learn more at strongnation.org/BrainScience

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts, including Dipesh Navsaria, to speak at your ...
01/28/2021

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts, including Dipesh Navsaria, to speak at your next event about the importance of healthy early brain development. There are no speaking fees.

Learn more at strongnation.org/BrainScience.

01/25/2021

NEW REPORT: #HomeBasedChildCare serves as essential support for the U.S. and CA #workforce (serving over 271K children and generating *$1.4 BILLION in annual revenue for CA) but faces critical challenges that call for urgent action.
 
Among our recommendations:

Enhance programmatic support,
Increase professional development opportunities,
Extend pandemic relief funds,
& Streamline California’s bifurcated reimbursement system

 
Reportink in bio. You can also read more here: http://bit.ly/CA_HBCCReport

*paid HBCC

JOIN IN: A live #ECE reading event with @crystalstairsla, @hollyjmitchell, @unionbank_official, @child_360 & ReadyNation...
01/22/2021

JOIN IN: A live #ECE reading event with @crystalstairsla, @hollyjmitchell, @unionbank_official, @child_360 & ReadyNationCA to celebrate #WomenOfColor in leadership & honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. | Friday, January 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM http://bit.ly/honormlk #WomenInLeadership 👏👏👏

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT ⭐Shout out to ReadyNation member @thelillyrocha, CEO/Executive Director of the Latino Restaurant Associ...
01/21/2021

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT ⭐
Shout out to ReadyNation member @thelillyrocha, CEO/Executive Director of the Latino Restaurant Association for being an #earlychildhood champion in the restaurant industry and business sector! We join her in advocating for increased investments in the #CABudget for #childcare.

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Dr. Laura Jana to speak at your nex...
01/21/2021

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Dr. Laura Jana to speak at your next event about the importance of healthy early brain development. There are no speaking fees.

Learn more at strongnation.org/BrainScience

FOLLOW US FOR UPDATES! @strongnationusa California is kicking off 2021 with exciting evidence-based reports. We're thril...
01/19/2021

FOLLOW US FOR UPDATES!

@strongnationusa California is kicking off 2021 with exciting evidence-based reports. We're thrilled to continue advocating for better investments in #children and #youth alongside our ReadyNation, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, and Mission Readiness members. Stay tuned for updates! 🤓

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Kaja Jasinska to speak at your next...
01/14/2021

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Kaja Jasinska to speak at your next event about the importance of healthy early brain development. There are no speaking fees.

Learn more at strongnation.org/BrainScience

WEBINAR: Home-Based #ChildCare: A Surprising Key to Keeping the California #Workforce Strong. Access to high-quality, af...
01/08/2021

WEBINAR: Home-Based #ChildCare: A Surprising Key to Keeping the California #Workforce Strong.
 
Access to high-quality, affordable child care is one of the most pressing issues facing working parents and home-based child care providers serve 97% of children in the United States. Join @strongnationusa and @readynationca for an important discussion on strengthening CA's mixed-delivery #childcare system on Thurs 1/14/21 at 11 AM PT. Webinar link in bio 📲

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Sloka Iyengar, Ph.D., to speak at y...
01/07/2021

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Sloka Iyengar, Ph.D., to speak at your next event about the importance of healthy early brain development. There are no speaking fees.

Learn more at strongnation.org/BrainScience

01/05/2021

READ: @strongnationusa joined national #ECE and #business groups in signing a letter urging the new administration to prioritize and improve access to affordable, high-quality #childcare

In the near term, we recommend focusing on:

COVID RELIEF & RECOVERY The Biden-Harris Administration must ask, and work with, Congress to offer additional relief and recovery assistance grounded in the needs of families and communities as our nation recovers from the pandemic.

ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS  Specific actions the administration can take include prioritizing interagency collaboration as a process through which support can be provided to child care providers, working families and their children, and businesses alike and ensuring the Domestic Policy Council makes early care and education a priority.

COMPREHENSIVE BIRTH THROUGH FIVE AGENDA
By adopting and articulating a robust child care agenda to break the cycle of systemic inequities, and ultimately, set our society on a prosperous trajectory for decades to come.

Full letter in bio 📲

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Jay Berkelhamer to speak at your ne...
12/17/2020

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Jay Berkelhamer to speak at your next event about the importance of healthy early brain development. There are no speaking fees.

Learn more at strongnation.org/BrainScience

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Sarah Lytle of I-LABS to speak at y...
12/10/2020

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Sarah Lytle of I-LABS to speak at your next event about the importance of healthy early brain development. There are no speaking fees.

Learn more at strongnation.org/BrainScience.

12/04/2020

The #childcare crisis costs up to $9.1 BILLION in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue in California. Join @readynation, @Mission_Ready & @FightCrimeCA to discuss the #CAChildcareCrisis on Wed 12/9/20 at 1PM. Registration Link in Bio.

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Brenna Hassinger-Das, Ph.D. to spea...
12/03/2020

The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers access to 20+ experts including Brenna Hassinger-Das, Ph.D. to speak at your next event about the importance of healthy early brain development. There are no speaking fees.

Learn more at strongnation.org/BrainScience.

Today is #GivingTuesday! Please consider supporting @strongnationUSA to continue championing evidence-based policies & p...
12/01/2020

Today is #GivingTuesday! Please consider supporting @strongnationUSA to continue championing evidence-based policies & programs that will set #children and #youth on a path to success. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/csagivingtuesday #CSAGivingTuesday #SupportAndInvestInKids
#business #givethanks

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