Why should Georgia invest in very young children, from birth to kindergarten?  At Voices’ 6th Annual Legislative Breakfast today we heard two strong and equally compelling reasons.  Because it’s good for the economy and it is certainly good for children.

Phil Peterson, Senior VP for Aon Consulting, made the business argument:  Our workforce is both shrinking and losing its competitiveness and early childhood development is essential to getting more kids through high school and college.  Dr. Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College and co-chair of United Way’s Early Education Commission, centered her call to action on the faces of young people, both those who are thriving and those who are barely surviving, reminding us of the real opportunities to intervene early to help families and children.

I will update this blog with copies of Mr. Peterson’s slides in the next few days.  Meanwhile, some important links were suggested to reiterate the need for investment and advocacy for young children.  Mr. Peterson co-chairs PA’s Early Education Investment Commission and is on the advisory board to Partnership for America’s Economic Success.  He also partners with Mission: Readiness in its commitment to a more prepared military.  And don’t forget Voices’ blog which has featured a number of posts on early childhood and PreK.