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 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!

Want to learn more about how the business community can support learning opportunities for young children in need? Contact Gayle Headen, Executive Director.