The Business Case for Early Childhood Development

The early years of a child’s life – from inception to age two – are increasingly being recognized as critical to the development of neural pathways that lead to linguistic, cognitive and socio-emotional capacities.  These are also predictors of labor market outcomes later in life.  Business engagement in early childhood development (ECD) can ensure that the right foundation is laid in the early years.

On April 4, 2014, the Global Business Coalition for Education co-hosted a webinar on the business case for investing in early childhood with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution and ReadyNation/America’s Edge.  It was held as part of GBC-Education’s #smartinvestment Network webinar series.

Bringing together over 50 representatives from the non-profit, academic, and private sectors, the discussion focused on why investing in ECD is important and how business can make a difference.  Concrete evidence was provided by the impressive line-up of speakers:  Dr. Paul Gertler, Li Ka Shing Professor at the University of California, Berkley; Roy Bostock, Vice Chairman of Delta Airlines; and Stephan Turnipseed, President Emeritus and Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships at LEGO Education.  Tamar Atinc, visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution, moderated the discussion.

The webinar signaled the launch of Business for Early Childhood Development (Biz4ECD), a close collaboration between GBC-Education and the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution.

Read more about the discussion here.