“In business, we rarely have the luxury of making an investment decision with as much evidence as we have to support the economic value of investing in early childhood development and education… Put bluntly, in my terms, they are a financial no-brainer.”
-John Pepper, former CEO, Procter & Gamble
Our economic prosperity is dependent on a ready workforce, quality care and education for employee’s children and a thriving community of consumers. Early childhood investments can ensure all three. Research shows that children who attend early childhood programs grow up to earn more money, pay more taxes, are healthier and are less dependent on government services – a business-friendly environment.
Business leaders who are committed to helping young children succeed do so for two reasons: they see a strong return on investment for their local economy when there is greater access to early child care and education; and as community leaders, they are concerned about the wellbeing of every child.
Volunteering: Good for Employee Health, Good for Your Bottom Line!
“Our nation will succeed or fail to the degree that all of us — citizens and businesses alike — are active participants in building strong, sustainable and enriching communities.”
Arnold Hiatt, President, The Stride Rite Foundation
Volunteer projects enrich the lives of young children and offer employees a satisfying way to make a difference. See this example of a business team in action during Keller Williams’ May 2015 RED Day of Service in Wake County.
Companies can also lead fundraising efforts and work with WCSS on matching gift campaigns. If your company would like to make a donation to help us support more children, click here or contact Phyllis Barbour / (919) 723-9271.
Teaming to Win: WCSS Business Circle
Formed in 2014, the Circle provides a forum for business leaders to learn more about the connections between business viability and early childhood issues. Leaders have engaged on topics including the local skills gap, brain development in early learning and the need for better “soft skills” in the workplace. The Business Circle is part of the Champions for Children program that engages community leadership in creating brighter futures for young children.
Want to learn more about how the business community can support learning opportunities for young children in need? WCSS is happy to meet with you to discuss our work or come and make a presentation at your place of business. Please contact Phyllis Barbour to make arrangements.