Timothy J. Bartik
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Diversity Specialist
PNC bank focuses on early learning and care with Grow Up Great. PNC bank has long supported community initiatives aimed at improving school readiness in the youngest of children. Grow Up Great is a ten year initiative focused on preparing children for success in school.
The Grow Up Great website offers resources for families and early learning and care providers. The resources include learning kits, daily tips and activities to support young children’s learning and development.
Business investment in early learning and care is not new. The business community has commissioned economic investment studies to determine the benefits of investing in early learning and care. The business community understands employees need safe, reliable, high quality early learning and care to be productive and effective. The business community also understands the importance of supporting early learning and care providers to prepare the future workforce for success.
Are you a parent of a young child and do you also work? How do you choose your early learning and care provider? What about the provider puts you at ease so you can focus at work? Would more investment in high quality early learning and care put more parents at ease?
How are you supporting your child to be ready for success in school and in their future career? How does your early learning and care provider support your child’s success? Would more investment in high quality early learning and care prepare more children for success?
I leave you with these questions and I will share more thoughts as ECIC discovers how early learning and care impacts Michigan’s economy and young children’s success.