Building a skilled workforce by helping kids succeed
Supporting policies and programs that help children become productive adults
ReadyNation’s nearly 2,000 business leader members work at state, national, and international levels to improve the economy and the workforce through effective investments in children and youth:
- ReadyNation has helped bring early education to millions of children. In 2015, our members participated in campaigns that won nearly a billion dollars in new state funding and $2.4 billion in federal funding for early childhood programs. For example, in 2015 in Ohio, we helped win $113 million in new funding for early care and education, which represents the largest increase in more than 25 years. We also worked for the inclusion of the first-ever dedicated funding for early education in the federal K-12 bill, the Early and Secondary Education Act, reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act.
- In 2014, ReadyNation helped win renewal of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. As a result, 150,000 families a year receive vital parent coaching that can improve children’s health, reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect, and can have benefits for parents including higher earnings and reduced reliance on welfare.
- ReadyNation is leading a national coalition of organizations advocating for federal legislation that would facilitate the Pay For Success (social impact financing) model for early childhood programs.
- ReadyNation supports the inclusion of math and science in high-quality early education.
- Since 2012, our members have educated state policymakers about the connection between high academic goals and a next generation that is workforce-ready. Our work has helped 12 states maintain rigorous academic standards: Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.
- ReadyNation worked to help expand deeper learning opportunities in 8 states: California, Maine, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wyoming. Since 2014, our members have helped increase the number of skills-based high school education models in California, Michigan, and Oregon. For example, we were a key player in winning $26 million for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and STEM programs in Oregon.
- ReadyNation is also working at the Federal level to support workforce development priorities in the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Reauthorization.
- ReadyNation is working to increase access to and completion of post-secondary education programs. In 2016, ReadyNation released state reports in California and Michigan, and released a national report at a Tennessee event highlighting the important role that community colleges play in supplying businesses with the skilled workers they need. The events also highlighted needed changes in the Federal Higher Education Act such as enhancing transparency, improving financial counseling, and simplifying the application for student aid.
- ReadyNation is providing technical assistance to help countries create their own networks of business champions who take action to support young children. Currently, ReadyNation is creating country-specific business networks around early childhood in Uganda, Australia, and Romania. We are also sponsoring or co-sponsoring major business leader forums globally, and in Europe and Latin America.