Florida CEOs Supporting Kindergarten Readiness
The Florida Chamber of Commerce has identified “100% kindergarten readiness” as one of the goals we must meet to ensure Florida’s prosperous economic future. We know high-quality early learning is an important piece of this work, but business also plays a vital in the early childhood conversation because bosses have a direct impact on the adults most important for a young child: their parents.
Investing in young children and their parents contributes to the productivity and strength of the workforce of today, and sets the workforce of tomorrow up for a strong start.
We invite CEOs who wish to take action to support kindergarten readiness in Florida to join our Bosses for Babies campaign. We are building a coalition of business leaders who are committed to investing in early childhood and offering family-friendly workplaces—understanding that this is an investment in their bottom line and community-level prosperity. Not to mention contributing to kindergarten readiness!
Make a commitment—big or small—and sign up today.
- Start the conversation. Ask employees about their families and their childcare choices; listen. Be vocal when you are prioritizing family so others know it’s part of your culture.
- Give or volunteer. Support an early learning center in your neighborhood. Sponsor an event in your community promoting early literacy, children’s health, or supporting parents of young children.
- Share information and resources. Host an internal lunch & learn on the importance of the early years. Make information and resources available for employees. Talk to other business leaders about why everyone wins when we support families.
- Update policies. Develop or strengthen family-friendly policies—written in the employee handbook. Whether a change includes flexible hours or shifts, remote work options, child care subsidies, or paid family leave, this investment in your employees strengthens workforce productivity and your bottom line.
- Advocate. Join the Florida Chamber’s Business Alliance for Early Learning. With a critical mass of members, this group can speak with a strong voice in Tallahassee.
Where we are now
Business leaders know we need to do better.
The latest data shows Florida’s kindergarten readiness rate sitting at 53%. This means nearly 90,000 children entering the K-12 system are deemed “unready,” and already falling behind at a critical time in their learning and development. Research tells us it’s difficult to catch up, so we need to do a better job of supporting children and families in the early years.