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Business leaders have emerged as major actors in the growing support for early childhood services worldwide. A growing body of rigorous research has shown that the first few years of life are crucial for helping children become productive employees and good citizens. Since executives have realized that early childhood programs are essential for workforce development and economic prosperity, they have taken actions ranging from supporting local services to directly advocating for policy change. This entry briefly traces this background and provides examples of current actions.

Background

Business leaders are driven by data and accustomed to making decisions based on information that affects their company. Their actions in support of early childhood development have been spurred by research that conveys the impacts of early childhood programs on preparing ...

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