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Business Champions for Infants and Toddlers

ReadyNation's advocacy work to improve accessibility and affordability of early childhood resources to support infants and toddlers

Our Infant and Toddler Work

Child care for infants and toddlers is a crucial component of the early childhood sector, as ages 0-3 are fundamental for socio-emotional skills and healthy brain development. Members of ReadyNation see the value of infant-and-toddler care, not just for children, but for working parents and their employers. High-quality child care provides a safe, nurturing environment for infants and toddlers while their parents are at work, allowing parents to be focused and productive during the business day. Our work below highlights how business leaders across the country seek to improve the affordability and accessibility of infant-toddler care.

Recent Highlights

An Open Letter to the Nation on Behalf of Infants and Toddlers

The National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers, comprised of more than 2500 local, state, and national organizations authored an open letter to the nation on the importance of investing in our nation’s youngest children. Read the open letter here.

In the News

ReadyNation Vlog Series

Business leaders explain the importance of child care

In a ReadyNation video series, business leaders across the U.S. explained why child care is so important to their employees and the economy at large. Different ReadyNation members shared their unique perspective each week on why it is imperative to protect and strengthen the child care sector.

Federal Advocacy Work

  1. September 22, 2021

    Letter to Congress: Invest in Child Care

    Letters to Lawmakers


Regular updates on the U.S. infant-toddler child care crisis

Read an archive of special bulletins and newsletters from ReadyNation and Council for a Strong America.


ReadyNation released the 2023 national research report, “$122 Billion: The Growing, Annual Cost of the Infant-Toddler Child Care Crisis,” at a Capitol Hill briefing on February 2, 2023.

The event panel included two prominent ReadyNation members, Katie Ferrier, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and Jack McBride, Founder and CEO, Contec Inc., of Spartanburg, SC. They joined Sarah Puleo, a parent of three young children and a former early childhood teacher, and report author Sandra Bishop, Ph.D., Chief Research Officer of Council for a Strong America. Fortune senior writer Megan Leonhardt moderated the panel discussion.

ReadyNation National Child Care Campaign

An archive of research publications, newsletters, and other resources

ReadyNation’s child care campaign details how our members have taken action to call upon lawmakers to improve the early childhood sector for the sake of America’s families, workers, and overall economy.

Request a Speaker

To request a member of our Business Champions for Infants and Toddlers speakers bureau for an upcoming event, please contact ReadyNation National Director Nancy Fishman (