On behalf of Dr. Timothy Magner, Director of Special Programs and Events Ellie Ward, traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, Aug. 9 and 10 for a series of meetings for the Early Childhood and Business Advisory Council Kickoff.
Ward joined other Louisiana Representatives Libbie Sonnie, Executive Director of Louisiana Policy Institute for Children Amy Hook-Poirier, Executive Director of Early Childhood Strategy with the Louisiana Department of Education, and Director of Education & Workforce Development with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry Brian Davis. The hosts of this Cohort were the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Bipartisan Policy Center.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Bipartisan Policy Center will work with Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas to provide support and technical assistance to strengthen the networks between the business community, childcare stakeholders and providers, and state administrators. Through this collaboration, each state and local group will be well-positioned to devise an action plan for how to best tackle the most pressing childcare needs facing their communities and help identify best practices and lessons learned that other states and regions can utilize.
The overarching goal is for the business community and key early childhood stakeholders to directly engage to support the expansion of high-quality, affordable childcare in communities and states in ways that will benefit working parents, providers, and employers.
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