Investing In Kids: The Economic Development Impact of High Quality Early Childhood Programs

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Investing In Kids: The Economic Development Impact of High Quality Early Childhood Programs

Chamber of Commerce Annual Convention
Speakers: Timothy J. Bartik, David Rattray, Sara Watson
Date: August 4, 2011
Time: 3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Room #: Diamond 5

Speaker Bio

TIMOTHY J. BARTIK, Senior Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
DAVID RATTRAY, Senior Vice President – Education & Workforce Development, Los Angeles Area (CA) Chamber of Commerce
SARA WATSON, Senior Officer, Pew Center on the States, Pew Charitable Trusts


High quality early childhood education is not just a “feel-good” program; it is an important part of your state’s and region’s economic competitiveness. Hear from a panel of experts and practitioners as they outline the economic argument for investing in kids, even in a budget climate focused on spending cuts. Discover how the returns on early childhood investment compare to other kinds of economic development spending, and learn how chambers and business leaders across the country are advocating for early childhood policy change. If you’re committed to building a competitive workforce and an economically prosperous community, then learn how this is one investment you’ll want to seriously consider.

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