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.
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.
Infant and Toddler National Research Reports
In the News
JUNE 16, 2022 (The Hill)
Lawmakers must act on early childhood investments on behalf of families and businesses
MAY 30, 2022 (Arizona Daily Sun)
Coconino Voices: Federal investment in our children will strengthen Arizona
APRIIL 19, 2022 (Ft. Myers News-Press) Guest opinion: ‘We cannot let crucial early childhood programs hang in the balance’
MARCH 24, 2022 (Portland Press Herald)
Child care providers are the workforce behind the workforce
DECEMBER 14, 2021 (Albuquerque Journal)
Good child care needed to get back to normal
DECEMBER 13, 2021 (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
Florida has too many ‘child care deserts’
DECEMBER 9, 2021 (Reno Gazette Journal)
Set aside partisan squabbles to support accessible, affordable child care
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
Infant and Toddler Research
- Child Care Is Key to Mississippi’s Economic Recovery From COVID-19
- Infant-Toddler Child Care Challenges Undermine Arkansas’ Strength
- Child Care Is Key to Texas’ Economic Recovery From COVID-19
- Investing in Ohio’s Children Today Builds the Workforce of Tomorrow
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.
Infant and Toddler Blogs
Business leaders across industry sectors author blogs to share the impact of the infant-and-toddler child care crisis on employees and their families.
- Investing in Michigan Children
- It’s Time to Prioritize Repairing and Strengthening the Child Care Sector
- Improving the Child Care Sector Must be a Priority
- If We Rise to the Occasion, We Can Improve The Child Care Sector
- Investing in Wisconsin's Child Care Sector
- Caring for Wisconsin Kids
- New Jersey Can’t Recover Without Women in the Workforce
- Why Effective Messaging on Infants and Toddlers Matters
Federal Advocacy Work
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).