In a 2017 report, "Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow", the U.S. Chamber of Commerce noted, "A broad set socially and economically valuable skills start developing in children's very first months, build over time, and are critical determinants of academic and economic success." This inextricable link between a strong start in the early years and a talented future workforce has been recognized and championed by Virginia's business community for many years and is included as a priority in the Virginia Chamber's Blueprint Virginia 2025.
Early Childhood Business Alliance
To drive implementation of Blueprint 2025's early education priorities and bring influential focus to investments at the start of the workforce pipeline, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce have convened a small group of Virginia executives to lead the charge. Click here to view a list of the Early Childhood Business Alliance members.
The goals of the Early Childhood Business Alliance are:
- Ensure Virginia's early childhood system remains a vibrant, community-driven, public-private partnership, bolstering public sector efforts with private sector innovation, flexibility and support
- Rally collective agreement and shared vision across key partners including the Administration, legislature, and business community
- Support development and enactment of a policy and fiscal framework for early childhood in Virginia (Early Childhood Success Act)
- Promote innovative and integrated early childhood financing strategies
In the News
- Dr. Michael Friedlander, The Roanoke Times Op-Ed - The Science of Early Childhood Success.
- Bill Ermatinger, The Virginia Pilot Op-Ed - Planning for the future workforce.
- Jim Dyke and Gary Thomson, Richmond Times Dispatch Op-Ed - Future workforce talent demands exceptional early childhood programs.
- Mike Petters, Virginia FREE Annual Luncheon Speech
Executive Briefing on the Economics of Early Childhood
The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce are pleased to host an annual Executive Briefing on the Economics of Early Childhood – an event highlighting the direct link between a strong start in the early years and a vibrant productive workforce for the Commonwealth. Speakers, including business executives and leading researchers, focus on the importance of early childhood education for Virginia's economic competitiveness. Below are past speeches and materials.
Executive Briefing 2019
Richard Bynum - Early Childhood Education: Investing for the Long Term
Executive Briefing 2018
Dr. Michael Friedlander - The Underlying Biological Process of Early Brain Development and Learning
Executive Briefing 2017
Shawn Boyer - Early Childhood Development: Driving Virginia's Current and Future Workforce
Executive Briefing 2016
Executive Briefing 2015
Executive Briefing 2014
Dr. Craig T. Ramey - Research of Early Childhood