Quality Early Learning Programs Provide Big Boost to Kansas Businesses, Report Shows
Apr 05, 2012, 03:13 ET
Business leaders gather at early learning center to discuss how investments in early learning programs generate significant short-term economic activity
MEDIA ALERT: Press Conference at Johnson County Community College Tuesday, April 10 at 10 AM
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four prominent Kansas business leaders will release a report on Tuesday, April 10 showing that investments in high-quality early care and education provide a surprisingly big boost to local businesses in Kansas as the state continues its recovery from the economic recession – generating more economic activity than most other sectors in the state.
During a news conference at Hiersteiner Child Development Center, the group will highlight findings in an America's Edge report that investments in high-quality early care and education generate immediate sales of local goods and services and help ensure long-term economic security in Kansas. The business leaders also will note that such investments are likely to generate even higher returns in Missouri, which will be the focus of a later study.
The business leaders will urge Kansas legislators to dedicate proceeds of the Master Tobacco Settlement, approximately $56 million in FY2012, to early education programs like Early Head Start, Parents as Teachers and Tiny-K. Following the news conference, the business leaders will read books with the child care center's students.
WHAT: Press conference detailing the short- and long-term positive economic impact of quality early learning programs on Kansas' economy.
WHEN: 10 a.m. April 10, 2012
WHERE: Hiersteiner Child Development Center, Johnson County Community College, Room 128, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210. Parking is available.
Neal Sharma; CEO, Digital Evolution Group
Dr. Terry Calaway; President, Johnson County Community College
Jonathan Freiden; CEO, U.S. Toy/Constructive PlayThings
Tyler Nottberg; CEO, U.S. Engineering Company
LOGISTICS: Media availability will follow the organized presentation, including photo opportunities with the students and business leaders. Research reports and DVDs with B-roll footage will be available.
SOURCE America's Edge
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