ICW focuses on early learning as an investment in workforce development and seeks to drive the national debate about preschool policies and programs, as well as provide information to the business community at the local, state, and national levels. Learn more about our current initiatives, latest news, and policy priorities below:
The Early Childhood Education Initiative will establish an Early Childhood Education Working Group for business that will provide information to the business community at the local, state, and national levels so that it can actively engage in implementing policies that support high-quality early childhood education programs.
A project of the Early Childhood Education Working Group is to compile materials that will help members of the business community better understand the early childhood landscape and to make presentations on the issue.
Business advocates for early childhood education want to see government spending directed toward programs such as Early Head Start, public preschool and home visiting.
IN his State of the Union address, President Obama called for making preschool available to every 4-year-old in America, opening a welcome discussion on whether and how to make the investments needed to realize this vision.
An Education Department commission is recommending pre-kindergarten programs for every poor student within 10 years, adding a timeframe to President Barack Obama's similar call to help the least advantaged arrive for their first day of classes as prepared as their counterparts from more affluent homes.