Business Partners

“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.

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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.

Visit our Volunteer Project Idea Bank to review sample projects. When you are ready, complete a Volunteer Application. It’s easy!

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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.

  • Who’s already in our Business Circle?

    2015-16 Members

    Kelly Caldwell, WCSS Board Member
    Bruce Clarke, Capital Associated Industries
    John Coggin, PNC
    Dan DeLeo, Pool Pros of the Carolinas
    Gail Eluwa, NC Department of the Secretary of State
    Susan Gates, SAS Institute, Inc.
    Irene Gonzales, Univision Television
    Liz Hamner, SAS and WCSS Board Member
    Lorrie Hargreaves, First Citizens Bank
    Allen Jones, Skanska USA Building, Inc.
    Shobha Kamath, Destination STEM
    Kathryn Kiel, Top Shelf Design
    Mark Langford, Cisco Systems and WCSS Board Member
    Ward Martin, SpeedPro
    Paula McChristian, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Mary Mulleady, Integrated Laboratory Systems, Inc.
    Elizabeth Oxley, Attorney
    Pooyan Ordoubadi, Fayad Law Firm
    G. Patel, Eschelon Experiences
    Kaila Patel, Solutions Engineer Consultant
    Christine Peterson, Protus3
    Heather Petrovich, Keller Williams
    Susan Richardson, Falls Lake Insurance
    Sanford Bailey, Residential Developer
    Phylis Sharpe , Holly Springs Academy
    Henry Stewart, Digital Benefit Advisors
    Suzanne Stroud, Merrill Lynch
    Holly Taylor, Pullen Place Cafe & Catering
    Allison Wrenn, Cary Chamber of Commerce

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.