When the business community begins to take a serious look at the importance of early childhood education, systemic changes become possible. That’s why Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has appointed the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Joe Reardon, as the co-chair of the Early Childhood Subcommittee on the Governor’s Council on Education.
As a regional chamber, we are utilizing our partnership with Sesame Street in Communities to spread the word about the importance of early childhood education and the lack of accessible, high quality pre-k in our community. We know this is a workforce issue for the parents of today and the kids of tomorrow, and we’re getting business on board.
The Early Childhood subcommittee is moving beyond the standard policy recommendations, and they’re dedicating a significant portion of their work to building the business case for early childhood care and education in Kansas. This statewide argument will build off of the work that the KC Chamber started with Sesame Street in Communities to make early childhood advocates out of the business community in the Greater Kansas City region.
The subcommittee envisions that Kansas families have universal and equitable access to a coordinated, high-quality, mixed-delivery system of programs with the goal of improving kindergarten readiness. And now we have the opportunity to demonstrate how important this vision is to the business community at the statewide level.