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It's Our Business Video

NYS Business Leaders Call for Investment in Early Childhood Education
to Spur New York Economy

Featured in this video are:

  • Ken Adams, President & CEO, Business Council of New York State
  • Kim Jasmin, Northeast Executive, JP Morgan Chase
  • Tom Blumer, SVP, Corning, Inc. (retired)
  • Gail Grimmett, SVP, Delta Airlines NY

Created by Winning Beginning NY, the statewide early childhood education coalition, in association with the Committee for Economic Development, the United Way of New York State, and America’s Edge, the video was funded by Birth to Five Policy Alliance.

Among the facts highlighted in the video:

  • Two Weeks: The average working parent misses nearly two weeks of work each year because of child care problems. A report by Cornell University pegs the cost to companies at $3 billion a year. Yet, when quality early care programs are available, businesses report less absenteeism and turnover, while enjoying greater worker retention and productivity.

  • Corning Child Care Center: At Corning, Inc. executives discovered the attrition rate for female employees was twice that of men – and child care was often the culprit. They built a $3.5 million world-class on-site child care facility and estimate they save close to that amount annually by retaining quality employees and improving productivity.

  • Birth to Five is a Critical Learning Period: Over the past decade, research has shown that 75% of a child’s brain growth occurs before age five. And children who attend quality early learning programs are twice as likely to attend college.

Recognizing New York State’s limited resources, the business leaders call for rigorous accountability and directing funds to early childhood programs with a proven track record of success.

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