Calling all NC business leaders! Are you willing to stand with over 300 others to vocalize your support for increased funding to early care and education?
An open letter from business leaders working in collaboration with ReadyNation has been sent to the President and Congress to acknowledge the value of investing in quality early education. Bill Millett (Scope View Strategic Advantage), Tsegga Medhin (IBM), and Steve Reinemund (PepsiCo) are among some of the leaders in NC who have already signed the letter.
An excerpt from the letter:
“Overwhelming amounts of research and evidence show the return on investment from giving young children a good start in life. We have examined the research and drawn our own conclusions: quality early childhood programs have a significant and positive impact on the skilled workforce, customer base, economy and nation we need. Behavioral skills highly valued by employers, such as self-discipline, persistence and cooperation, start in the youngest years and last a lifetime.
We rarely have the luxury of making business investment decisions with as much evidence as we have to support the economic value of investing in early care and education.”
ReadyNation continues to build the momentum in the business community and will continue to collect business leader signatures in order to release an updated version of the letter in late summer.
» To sign the letter, click here.
» To download the letter as a PDF, click here.
Federal officials will be receiving a copy of the letter directly from ReadyNation, but it will make an even bigger impact if they receive it from community members and business leaders. Please consider sending a copy of the letter to your Members of Congress and your state and local policymakers to voice your support for early childhood investments. The goal is that everyone steps forward and calls on Congress to act.
Senator Richard Burr
217 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-3154
Senator Kay Hagan
521 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-6342
Congressman G.K. Butterfield (District 1 - Beaufort County, Bertie County, Chowan County, Craven County, Durham County, Edgecombe County, Franklin County, Granville County, Greene County, Halifax County, Hertford County, Jones County, Lenoir County, Martin County, Northampton County, Pasquotank County, Perquimans County, Pitt County, Vance County, Warren County, Washington County, Wayne County, Wilson County)
2305 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-3101
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (District 2 - Alamance County, Chatham County, Cumberland County, Harnett County, Hoke County, Lee County, Moore County, Randolph County, Wake County)
426 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-4531
Congressman Walter Jones (District 3)
Congressman David Price (District 4 - Alamance, Orange, Durham, Wake, Harnett, Chatham and Cumberland counties)
2162 Rayburn Building, Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-1784
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (District 5)
Congressman Howard Coble (District 6 - Surry, Stokes, Rockingham, Caswell, Person counties and portions of Alamance, Guilford, Orange, Durham and Granville counties)
2188 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515-3306 (202) 225-3065
Congressman Mike McIntyre (District 7)
Congressman Richard Hudson (District 8)
Congressman Robert Pittenger (District 9)
Congressman Patrick McHenry (District 10)
Congressman Mark Meadows (District 11)
Congressman Mel Watt (District 12)
Congressman George Holding (District 13 - Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Nash, Vance, Wake, Wayne, and Wilson counties)
507 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-3032