Blog | February 28, 2023

Louisiana Policy Institute for Children Early Ed Month

ReadyNation member Jack McBride spoke at a briefing to share the workforce implications of the child care crisis

This February was not only Black History Month, it was also “Early Ed Month” for the state of Louisiana.

Early Ed Month was created over six years ago by the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children. Early Ed Month brings legislators and business leaders together to highlight the importance of access to quality early care and education for children, from birth through age 4, across Louisiana.

This year’s Early Ed Month’s weekly activities included keynote speakers, a parent press conference, a social media day, parent advocacy training, as well as a Business Breakfast with a keynote address from ReadyNation member Jack McBride, Founder and CEO of Contec, Inc.

On Friday morning at 8 AM CT, Mr. McBride was joined by dozens of business leaders and policymakers for the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children’s Business Breakfast Briefing. As the keynote speaker, Jack McBride discussed the importance of child care and the impact it has on the workforce and the economy. Most of his address emphasized how parents depend on child care to be able to work. He highlighted how young children need nurturing and stimulating environments for healthy brain development, as their brains develop more in the first three years than at any other stage of life. Lastly, Mr. McBride shared that the children we invest into today will become the workforce our country needs tomorrow.

Jack McBride at a virtual briefing

ReadyNation would like to say a special thank you to the sponsors of the event, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, and the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children for including Jack McBride in their briefing and for the work they do in Louisiana to ensure a brighter future for the state.


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