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This Company is Tying Early Childhood Education to America’s Economic Success
Early childhood education forms a foundation of knowledge that children will build on for the rest of their lives. If the child’s early learning experiences are lacking, his future educational endeavors will suffer as a result. In fact, many industry experts view early childhood education as an investment in the future of the country. When children are taught from an early age to think independently, work hard and learn continuously, they become more productive citizens.
The Need for Better Early Education
According to the Wall Street Journal, elementary students in the United States are trailing far behind other countries in terms of test scores. In fact, fewer than one third of these students have an adequate understanding of scientific principles. Because science and technology are major determinants of national success, these figures are worrisome.
The problems with early childhood education in American begin early. Children from families with low socioeconomic statuses are already behind their peers as early as age three. By the time one of these children enters kindergarten, he or she is so far behind that he will be forced to repeat grades and struggle with every course. Far too often, these children even fail to graduate high school.
This issue affects the entire nation, and the consequences are dire. Poorly-educated citizens are more likely to be unemployed, unhealthy and reliant on public services. When too many citizens fall into this category, the nation becomes less competitive and productive as a whole.
ReadyNation is an organization that seeks to improve early childhood education in order to solve certain societal problems. Created by The Pew Charitable Trusts in 2006, ReadyNation was originally known as the “Partnership for America’s Economic Success. In January 2012, the organization changed its name to “America’s Promise Alliance.” One month later, the name changed again to “ReadyNation.”
ReadyNation is founded based on the idea that the quality of early childhood education has a dramatic effect on the nation’s workforce and economy. By strengthening the nation’s early childhood education program, ReadyNation believes that it can improve the nation’s economy and better the lives of its citizens. To accomplish these goals, ReadyNation analyzes early childhood educational policies and seeks to strengthen them with the help of United States business leaders.
ReadyNation’s Plan of Action
In 2006, ReadyNation began researching the impact of different investments in children age five and younger. The research project continued until 2008. ReadyNation’s research team found solid evidence that the interventions studied led to positive results in the areas of early learning, family income, parenting, healthcare, nutrition and housing.
Beginning in July 2009, ReadyNation began to work with business leaders to increase the investments made in young children. ReadyNation holds business leader summits, training programs and conferences in order to help business leaders who advocate for early childhood education to make a difference in the lives of the children they support.
As of July 2012, ReadyNation has held business leader summits in 24 different states. The organization also works extensively with business leaders in 10 states across the nation. In addition, ReadyNation continues to conduct research on early childhood education and investment. ReadyNation shares the results of this research with the public through national events, forums and bi-monthly conference calls.
Improving the nation’s economy is a serious undertaking. However, by starting at the beginning, ReadyNation believes that it can make a difference. As ReadyNation continues to influence policies and increase investments made in young children, the hope is that more children will enter school with the foundation they need.