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ReadyNation A business partnership for early childhood and economic success. A part of Council for a Strong America.

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.

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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Thank you to Congressman Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), Congressman Tony Gonzales (R-TX), U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX), ...
02/02/2023

Thank you to Congressman Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), Congressman Tony Gonzales (R-TX), U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-SC), Rep. William Timmons (R-SC), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI) for meeting with our ReadyNation panelists Katie Ferrier, Jack McBride, and Sarah Puleo today. The child care crisis continues to persist across the nation, costing our economy a staggering $122 billion per year, and we are grateful to these lawmakers for taking the time to hear how high-quality child care, or lack thereof, impacts America’s families and economy. Read the new ReadyNation report to learn more about the infant-toddler child care crisis: https://bit.ly/3WAiveM

LIVE: Watch our live stream at the U.S. Capitol for a panel discussion on the  moderated by Megan Leonhardt of Fortune M...
02/02/2023
The Growing, Annual Cost of the Infant-Toddler Child Care Crisis

LIVE: Watch our live stream at the U.S. Capitol for a panel discussion on the moderated by Megan Leonhardt of Fortune Magazine that sheds light on our new national report. Panelists include Jack McBride, CEO of Contec, Inc., Katie Ferrier, Vice President of Education & Workforce Development for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Sarah Puleo, a parent and former early childhood educator, and Sandra Bishop, Ph.D., Chief Research Officer of Council for a Strong America. https://youtu.be/kmuZrVvhSpc

Join ReadyNation on February 2, 2023 at 2:00 PM ET for the release of the new, national report, "The Growing, Annual Cost of the Infant-Toddler Child Care Cr...

In 2019, we found that infant-toddler child care challenges cost the economy an annual $57 billion in lost productivity,...
02/02/2023

In 2019, we found that infant-toddler child care challenges cost the economy an annual $57 billion in lost productivity, revenue, and earnings. Today, the child care crisis costs America $122 BILLION each year. Learn more in our new report, “$122 Billion: The Growing, Annual Cost of the Infant-Toddler Child Care Crisis” https://bit.ly/3WAiveM

As a proud partner of the Missouri Champion of Children Coalition, we want to thank Governor Parson for making child car...
01/30/2023

As a proud partner of the Missouri Champion of Children Coalition, we want to thank Governor Parson for making child care and early education a top priority in his budget proposal for Missouri. There’s no better investment for our state. Learn more at: https://mochampionofchildren.com

Stay tuned for the release of our brand new research report on the . This Thursday, a panel including Jack McBride, CEO ...
01/30/2023

Stay tuned for the release of our brand new research report on the . This Thursday, a panel including Jack McBride, CEO of Contec, Inc., Katie Ferrier, Vice President of Education & Workforce Development for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Sarah Puleo, a parent and former early childhood educator, and Sandra Bishop, Ph.D., Chief Research Officer of Council for a Strong America will meet with Megan Leonhardt of Fortune Magazine at the U.S. Capitol to discuss the report’s findings.

The economic toll of America’s  has more than doubled. Stay tuned for our new report on February 2.
01/26/2023

The economic toll of America’s has more than doubled. Stay tuned for our new report on February 2.

NEXT WEEK: ReadyNation will release our new national report on the impact of the  on America’s workforce and economy. A ...
01/24/2023

NEXT WEEK: ReadyNation will release our new national report on the impact of the on America’s workforce and economy. A panel of ReadyNation members will discuss the report’s findings on Capitol Hill. Learn more on 2/2.

NEW: Read the report from ReadyNation Illinois on how employers and lawmakers can work together to solve the child care ...
01/18/2023
Solving the Child Care Crisis: A Shared, Public-Private Responsibility

NEW: Read the report from ReadyNation Illinois on how employers and lawmakers can work together to solve the child care crisis and create a stronger Illinois for years to come. Effingham business leaders met this afternoon to discuss the new report and share their personal experiences. https://bit.ly/3km18Rs

New report: As employers and local governments tackle child care challenges, business leaders call for greater state and federal investments

Today marks the 2023 National Day of Racial Healing. As ReadyNation reflects on this day, we, and the rest of Council fo...
01/17/2023
2023 National Day of Racial Healing

Today marks the 2023 National Day of Racial Healing. As ReadyNation reflects on this day, we, and the rest of Council for a Strong America, renew our commitment to creating a more equitable nation for all. Read the new statement from our President & CEO Barry Ford: https://bit.ly/3iHVqJf

A message from Council for a Strong America President and CEO Barry Ford about the 2023 Day of Racial Healing.

Do you need a speaker for your next event? Check out the ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau for access to experts...
01/12/2023
Brain Science Speakers

Do you need a speaker for your next event? Check out the ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau for access to experts with zero speaking fees! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3kdaf73

ReadyNation offers expert, credentialed scientists to speak on children's brain development.

Apprenticeships help address hiring and skills gaps in the Maine workforce. Read the new op/ed by ReadyNation members Ka...
01/10/2023
Student apprenticeships key to addressing workforce challenges

Apprenticeships help address hiring and skills gaps in the Maine workforce. Read the new op/ed by ReadyNation members Kate Howell and Brian Langley in the Ellsworth American: https://bit.ly/3QxTkbd

Recently our nation recognized National Apprenticeship Week, and we want to continue to lift up and celebrate how apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships for high school students and young adults can help

Join ReadyNation Illinois next week for a discussion on the relationship between Illinois businesses and accessible chil...
01/09/2023
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Business Sector Role in Solving the Child Care Crisis: Opportunities & Success Stories. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join ReadyNation Illinois next week for a discussion on the relationship between Illinois businesses and accessible child care. Sign up for the webinar and learn more: https://bit.ly/3Qo2gjv

Child care has come to the forefront of major concerns for employers as their workforce faces the challenges of insufficient child care availability and lack of affordability. This impacts both hiring and retention. Business needs and the child care crisis go hand in hand: Businesses can’t succeed...

NEW: Congress released the text of its bipartisan end-of-year funding bill for 2023 including major funding for early ch...
12/20/2022
Council for a Strong America Celebrates Victories for Kids in Bipartisan Funding Agreement

NEW: Congress released the text of its bipartisan end-of-year funding bill for 2023 including major funding for early childhood education, child care, MIECHV, and more. Members of ReadyNation have long-supported these important, evidence-based supports to ensure a stronger economy and brighter future for our nation’s kids. Read Council for a Strong America’s full statement on these key victories: https://bit.ly/3hEdG5C

Congress passes major year-end bipartisan funding bill that will support home visiting, childhood nutrition, and juvenile justice programs among others

Kids in rural communities often lack early childhood resources and supports compared to their urban peers. Read Council ...
12/14/2022

Kids in rural communities often lack early childhood resources and supports compared to their urban peers. Read Council for a Strong America’s new rural early childhood education report in Wisconsin to learn what more can be done to support kids from the entire state: https://bit.ly/3Ft5Zr1

Challenging times have shown how relationships between work and health, and between businesses and communities are inter...
12/13/2022
The Role of Business in Improving Health and Health Equity: A Workshop

Challenging times have shown how relationships between work and health, and between businesses and communities are intertwined. Tune in NOW to learn more at an event held by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3fRXa1a

This workshop explores the role of business and employers across all industries in improving health and health equity in communities.

The U.S. Senate must act to reauthorize MIECHV funding and continue to support voluntary home visiting services across t...
12/09/2022
House Passes Bipartisan Jackie Walorski Act

The U.S. Senate must act to reauthorize MIECHV funding and continue to support voluntary home visiting services across the nation. Members of Fight Crime: Invest In Kids, Mission: Readiness, and ReadyNation applaud the House for passing the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 with strong bipartisan support. Read Council for a Strong America’s full statement:
https://www.strongnation.org/articles/2024-house-passes-bipartisan-jackie-walorski-act

The House of Representatives' bipartisan passage of the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 is an important step forward for home visiting programs, but the work is not finished.

One of the wisest investments we can make as a nation is in healthy pregnancies and early childhood development. That is...
11/30/2022
Voluntary Home Visiting Yields Strong Returns for Children, Families and the Nation

One of the wisest investments we can make as a nation is in healthy pregnancies and early childhood development. That is why the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is so critical. Evidence-based programs that help families provide proper nutrition, mental and behavioral wellbeing, and a loving home pay massive dividends throughout the life of those who are served.

Unfortunately, this important bipartisan program is at risk. If Congress doesn’t act by December 16th to reauthorize the program, it will expire; that would cause untold hardship for the program’s beneficiaries, as well as negatively affecting recruitment and retention of qualified and effective home visitors.

That is why ReadyNation has joined the National Home Visiting Coalition and hundreds of other organizations around the country in our support of the bipartisan Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 (H.R. 8876).

The U.S. House will vote on this critical bill very soon, and we urge its passage without delay. Healthy pregnancies, infant and child health and development, and school readiness are too important for these critical services to slip through the cracks. Please share and urge your Members of Congress to act now, because . https://bit.ly/3QEy02q

Strengthening investments in home visiting can help improve public safety, build the future workforce, and bolster national security

A new Council for a Strong America Texas factsheet explains how MIECHV-supported home visiting programs increase positiv...
11/17/2022

A new Council for a Strong America Texas factsheet explains how MIECHV-supported home visiting programs increase positive outcomes for kids and new parents and strengthen the long-term economic future of the Lone Star State: https://bit.ly/3UIMEs4

MIECHV is set to expire on December 16th without congressional action. Read Council for a Strong America’s new Oregon fa...
11/16/2022

MIECHV is set to expire on December 16th without congressional action. Read Council for a Strong America’s new Oregon factsheet to learn more about voluntary home visiting and its impact on Oregonian kids and the state economy: https://bit.ly/3gd3PmG

NEW: Read Council for a Strong America’s latest home visiting factsheet to learn how MIECHV supports key voluntary progr...
11/15/2022

NEW: Read Council for a Strong America’s latest home visiting factsheet to learn how MIECHV supports key voluntary programs in Louisiana and the long-term economic benefits for the state: https://bit.ly/3X2nc2m

NEW: Voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs can play a significant role in improving outcomes for South Caroli...
11/09/2022

NEW: Voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs can play a significant role in improving outcomes for South Carolina parents and children. Read Council for a Strong America’s latest factsheet to learn more: https://bit.ly/3hqdG8U

A new factsheet in Iowa from Council for a Strong America shares the long-term benefits of MIECHV-funded voluntary home ...
11/08/2022

A new factsheet in Iowa from Council for a Strong America shares the long-term benefits of MIECHV-funded voluntary home visiting programs in the state. Read the factsheet to learn more about the MIECHV federal funding stream and how it impacts our nation’s future: https://bit.ly/3hqsHro

An op/ed by ReadyNation member and President & CEO of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Kevin Hougen in The Sentinel shares...
10/27/2022
HOUGEN: Accessible, affordable child care is as important as ever for Colorado - Sentinel Colorado

An op/ed by ReadyNation member and President & CEO of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Kevin Hougen in The Sentinel shares the connection between child care and Colorado’s economic growth. Read the full piece: https://bit.ly/3DcezZR

This lack of affordable, accessible child care directly impacts working families and employers in Colorado, as many parents have had to make the difficult choice of staying home to take care of their children instead of reentering the workforce.

Too many kids fall behind in key subjects like science and math. Our latest research with Mission: Readiness shares how ...
10/23/2022

Too many kids fall behind in key subjects like science and math. Our latest research with Mission: Readiness shares how early STEM education can help improve the economy and military. Read the factsheet: https://bit.ly/3DlhsZy

ReadyNation member and Contec, Inc. CEO Jack McBride gave ReadyNation staff a tour of Contec’s facilities in South Carol...
10/22/2022

ReadyNation member and Contec, Inc. CEO Jack McBride gave ReadyNation staff a tour of Contec’s facilities in South Carolina to discuss the impact of educational and care supports for working families

Next week, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria of the ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau and ReadyNation member Wade Broyles will...
10/06/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau Conversation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Next week, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria of the ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau and ReadyNation member Wade Broyles will meet to discuss early childhood education’s impact on brain development. Register here to attend the virtual event: https://bit.ly/3En08o1

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria of the ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau and ReadyNation member Wade Broyles will discuss data on how early childhood brain development impacts a child's long-term growth and the future workforce. The ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau offers brain science experts....

In Indiana, less than 3% of eligible families are receiving crucial voluntary home visiting services funded by federal M...
09/21/2022
Op/Ed: Program that reduces poverty, improves quality of life for Hoosiers in jeopardy

In Indiana, less than 3% of eligible families are receiving crucial voluntary home visiting services funded by federal MIECHV. Chairman and CEO of Emmis Communications Jeffrey Smulyan shares how this impacts the state’s long-term economic future in a new opinion piece published in the IndyStar: https://bit.ly/3SkZ87D

The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Visiting Program has helped more than 2,000 families; however, the federal program is set to end on Sept. 30.

On Monday, Council for a Strong America’s President & CEO Barry Ford will speak in Kearney, NE at the 2022 Thriving Chil...
09/16/2022

On Monday, Council for a Strong America’s President & CEO Barry Ford will speak in Kearney, NE at the 2022 Thriving Children, Families, and Communities Conference to explain the connection between early childhood programs and America’s economy, military, and safety. Learn more about the event: https://bit.ly/3KiEjHi

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The ripple effects of inadequate child care extend to our entire economy and are growing, according to this report from our business-leader friends at ReadyNation. The police chiefs, sheriffs, and prosecutors of Fight Crime know that public safety is compromised, too. We support strengthening critical early childhood programs as a crucial investment in crime prevention. tinyurl.com/bdftezcp
NEW: ReadyNation just released a report with shocking new data. A lack of infant-toddler hinders the American economy by $122 BILLION every year. Read the report: https://bit.ly/3WAiveM
Thank you to Congressman Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), Congressman Tony Gonzales (R-TX), U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-SC), Rep. William Timmons (R-SC), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI) for meeting with our ReadyNation panelists Katie Ferrier, Jack McBride, and Sarah Puleo today. The child care crisis continues to persist across the nation, costing our economy a staggering $122 billion per year, and we are grateful to these lawmakers for taking the time to hear how high-quality child care, or lack thereof, impacts America’s families and economy. Read the new ReadyNation report to learn more about the infant-toddler child care crisis: https://bit.ly/3WAiveM
An updated study by ReadyNation found that the nation’s infant-toddler child care crisis now costs $122 billion in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue every year. That's an increase of 114% since 2018. Check out the study to learn more about how we can begin to improve things for the littlest ones, families, the workforce, and communities.

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$122 BILLION: The true cost of our country's infant-toddler child care crisis. Illinois' share is $5 billion. We must do better to support young children, families, the ECE workforce, employers, and taxpayers alike. Learn more ⬇️

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The lack of adequate for infants and young children across the country is costing the U.S. $122 billion annually in lost earnings, productivity and revenue, according to new research from ReadyNation, part of Council for a Strong America, a bipartisan group focused on education and childcare policy. According to the report, 51,000 Americans missed work last month owing to childcare issues. And it isn't just parents and childcare being affected, employers are losing $23 billion annually in reduced revenues and recruiting costs to replace parents exiting the workforce due to lack of childcare.
https://fortune.com/2023/01/30/childcare-crisis-poses-a-122-billion-dollar-economic-threat/
The U.S. Senate must act to reauthorize MIECHV funding and continue to support voluntary home visiting services across the nation. Members of Fight Crime: Invest In Kids, Mission: Readiness, and ReadyNation applaud the House for passing the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 with strong bipartisan support. Read Council for a Strong America’s full statement:
The U.S. Senate must act to reauthorize MIECHV funding and continue to support voluntary home visiting services across the nation. Members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Mission: Readiness, and ReadyNation applaud the House for passing the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 with strong bipartisan support. Read Council for a Strong America’s full statement:
The U.S. Senate must act to reauthorize MIECHV funding and continue to support voluntary home visiting services across the nation. Members of Fight Crime: Invest In Kids, Mission: Readiness, and ReadyNation applaud the House for passing the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 with strong bipartisan support. Read our full statement:
A new opinion piece in Central Maine News by ReadyNation members Dana Connors and Jim Clair calls on congress to take action to support child care, including CCDBG, to improve the state’s workforce function. Read the full piece here:
An op/ed by ReadyNation member and President & CEO of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Kevin Hougen in The Sentinel shares the connection between child care and Colorado’s economic growth. Read the full piece:
Last week, the ReadyNation Brain Science Speakers Bureau held an event with Dr. Dipesh Navsaria and Oracle’s Wade Broyles to talk about early brain development and how it can impact the workforce. Learn more about the event:
Congress must prioritize reauthorizing some key birth-to-3 programs in order to protect the future of the American workforce, says Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop and a member of our sibling organization of business leaders, ReadyNation. The police chiefs, sheriffs, and prosecutors of Fight Crime: Invest In Kids IL agree with our neighbor in Missouri, since these voluntary home-visiting initiatives help support young people and reduce the likelihood that they will grow up to commit crimes.
Child care has risen to the top of HR concerns in 2022, along with the related needs to hire great talent and retain valuable employees. Businesses can take an array of approaches to fill the gaps in child care access and affordability, according to this Forbes opinion piece. As child care availability has dropped while costs have risen even faster than other costs of living, 56% of businesses are now offering some kind of child care benefit. Meanwhile, ReadyNation argues for even longer-term solutions to the child care crisis, as employer-based benefits often lack the scale and stability of public investments. tinyurl.com/4b5dufsk
ICYMI: Watch a recording of Council for a Strong America’s report release and panel discussion on Capitol Hill with lawmakers, Mission: Readiness member Vice Admiral (Ret.) Jody Breckenridge, USCG, ReadyNation member Jack McBride, founder and CEO of Contec, Inc., and Fight Crime: Invest In Kids member Michael Ramos, former San Bernardino County (CA) District Attorney. The new report “A Blueprint for a Stronger America,” is out NOW.
ICYMI: Watch a recording of Council for a Strong America’s report release and panel discussion on Capitol Hill with lawmakers, Mission: Readiness member Vice Admiral (Ret.) Jody Breckenridge, USCG, ReadyNation member Jack McBride, founder and CEO of Contec, Inc., and Fight Crime: Invest In Kids member Michael Ramos, former San Bernardino County (CA) District Attorney. The new report “A Blueprint for a Stronger America,” is out NOW.
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