Business leaders support early childhood

Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development

September 18, 2019

The Chamber co-sponsored a reception on Sept. 18 with Sen. Lena Gonzalez and Education & Workforce Development Council Chair, Tamika Lang, to share why investing in early childhood benefits working parents, employers and the economy. Nearly 100 business and community leaders from Los Angeles and Orange Counties attended the reception, which took place after the Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow Summit. During the reception, Gonzalez invited attending business leaders to think about the role they play in setting children up for success. To encourage action, Tamika Lang, senior manager of global engagement at The Boeing Company, emphasized that investing in early childhood is an investment in the future and current workforce. SEE THE PHOTOS.

Creating and sustaining a workforce that can meet the demands of the fast-evolving economy starts with early childhood. Below are some steps the business community can take to support the workforce:

  • Sign up here to receive First 5 LA media updates
  • Attend a Chamber Education & Workforce Development Council meeting
  • Start with adopting one family-friendly policy, and get additional ideas from the Chamber's "Promoting Family-Friendly Workplace Policies and Practices" brief
  • If you are already a family-friendly business, consider applying here for the Chamber's Excellence in Work-Life Harmony Award

The reception was a partnership between the Chamber, Sen. Gonzalez, ReadyNation, the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Business Council, First 5 Orange County, First 5 LA, the Great Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the South Gate Chamber of Commerce.

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