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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

Investing in Infants and Toddlers: Effective Messaging for Business Leaders

ReadyNation commissioned the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center to conduct two focus groups with ReadyNation members. The purpose was to determine key messages that resonate with business leaders regarding the importance of investing in early childhood, particularly infants and toddlers.

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.


COVID-19 exacerbated the strains on child care systems across the country, showing how critical this infrastructure is for the US economy to run. Taking an active role here with businesses can help South Carolina increase workforce participation and overall economic development. ReadyNation member Jack McBride recently joined a webinar with the ACCE to discuss the importance of the first five years of a child’s life

In the News

NOVEMBER 4, 2021 (Ogden Standard-Examiner)
The impact of child care on the economy

OCTOBER 29, 2021 (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Child-care problems could become a health-care-staffing crisis

OCTOBER 12, 2021 (Albany Times-Union)
To boost New York businesses, remake child care system

SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 (Indianapolis Star)
Indiana’s child care shortage hurts businesses, too. Here’s how to fix it.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 (Connecticut Mirror)
Better child care would improve Connecticut’s economy

SEPTEMBER 3, 2021 (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
Child care crisis cripples economic recovery

JUNE 11, 2021 (Northern Kentucky Tribune)
It’s time to turn focus on strengthening the childcare sector to benefit working families

MAY 27, 2021 (Philadelphia Business Journal)
How businesses and government can work to remedy the childcare crisis

MAY 23, 2021 (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Child care key to COVID recovery

MAY 13, 2021 (Kansas City Star)
Want to improve Missouri’s economy? We need to solve the child care crisis

Request a Speaker

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