Three organizations of leaders preparing the next generation to be well-educated, physically fit, and prepared for productive lives

  1. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
  2. Mission: Readiness
  3. ReadyNation
  1. Thousands of police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and violence survivors protecting public safety by promoting solutions that steer kids away from crime

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  2. Retired admirals and generals strengthening national security by ensuring kids stay in school, stay fit, and stay out of trouble

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  3. Business executives building a skilled workforce by promoting solutions that prepare children to succeed in education, work, and life

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Child Care Educators Set Young Kids on the Path to Success

A qualified, well-compensated teaching staff is key to quality child care and future public safety

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June 20, 2024

Costly, punitive juvenile justice approaches undermine healthy adolescent development

Each year, over 700,000 young people are arrested and detained via the juvenile justice system. While the prevention of juvenile delinquency is an essential part of crime prevention, research shows that incarceration damages young people’s physical and mental health, impedes their educational and career success, exposes them to trauma, and increases rates of recidivism. As a result, public safety is undermined.

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Business leaders and policymakers must continue to work together to build a stronger child care system that meets the needs of children and families in order to support our workforce and remain globally competitive.

Maxine Clark (Founder and former CEO, Build-A-Bear Workshop; Co-Chair, ReadyNation CEO Task Force on Early Childhood)

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