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During last weeks Future of Florida Forum, education, workforce and economic development leaders dedicated an entire morning to discussing how Florida can be ready for the future of workforce.

At the Florida Chamber of Commerce, we believe a talented workforce is Florida’s best long-term economic strategy, and businesses around the state agree- talent is quickly replacing the tax incentive as the economic tool of choice.

That’s why the Florida Chamber of Commerce is committed to ensuring Florida students can compete in a global economy through efforts like:

Today, the Florida Chamber is building on these efforts when Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber, and Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief  Economist for the Florida Chamber Foundation, address the Florida College System and Council of Presidents’ Innovations and Excellence Convening.

During presentations to state college presidents, Wilson will encourage Florida to further strengthen its workforce by increasing Florida’s attainment goal. While Dr. Parrish will outline where the jobs of the future are likely to be based on targeted industry growth, and high-wage jobs that will help diversify Florida’s economy.

Don’t miss out on what the Florida Chamber can offer you. There’s a reason Talent Supply and Education is our Number One pillar. From early learning, to K-12, to higher education and workforce training.

Help us make today’s learners tomorrow’s earners. Engage with us as we plan the Florida Chamber’s 2018 Education Summit. Click here to learn more.

High School Dropouts Lose $250,000 in Lifetime Earnings

How do we ensure that Florida’s children are prepared to succeed in education and in life? It starts with early learning, which sets the foundation for educational achievement and creates a skilled workforce for our businesses and safer, more prosperous communities for all Floridians.

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Get Involved

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning will be hosting Early Learning Roundtables in several communities throughout Florida. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, contact Tracey Lowe at tlowe@flfoundation.org.

Florida Chamber Co-Hosts Childhood Education

The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Chamber Foundation believe that a quality education is the best way to ensure Florida students can compete in a global economy. Securing Florida’s future over the long-term means making the right policy choices in the short-term. To help in this arena, the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning identifies and tackles the challenges that will help tomorrow’s leaders succeed.

Early childhood education, particularly between ages 0-8, is essential for a child’s development of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Preparing our youngest students to learn provides a foundation for future success and helps them develop important skills such as self-discipline, persistence and cooperation–skills that are essential to their future success and a quality workforce.

In support of that initiative, the Florida Chamber co-hosted the Children’s Week Business Leaders Luncheon this month, along with The Children’s Movement of Florida, The Florida Council of 100, Florida TaxWatch, United Way and the Children’s Forum, to engage business leaders, legislators and community partners in a discussion about the importance of early learning.

Mike Fernandez, CEO of MBF Healthcare Partners and Founder of the Miami-Dade Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, was featured as our keynote speaker. Considered by many to be one of Florida’s most successful entrepreneurs, Fernandez spoke about investment in early childhood education and giving every child a chance for success. The luncheon concluded with an overview of the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning and what the statewide network of business leaders is doing to affect education policy reform and investments in early childhood programs.
Consider these facts:

  • Eighty-five percent of brain growth occurs by the time a child is three.
  • Participants in early childhood learning programs are 80 percent more likely to attend college.
  • High quality early childhood education programs increase employability by 23 percent
  • Adults who attended early childhood programs earn 33 percent higher average salaries.

In a letter written after the luncheon, David Lawrence, Jr., Chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida and one of Florida’s most respected early learning advocates, said, “For years children’s advocates have talked about the importance of the business community coming to the table on early learning. This week, the business community was fully seated at that table.”

The Florida Chamber Foundation encourages business leaders like you to join our Business Alliance for Early Learning. Businesses from around the state are tackling the Florida Chamber Foundation’s essential issues impacting Florida’s future talent pipeline. Join us as we engage businesses, families and community leaders in securing Florida’s future through creating America’s most aligned, quality early education initiative.

 

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1.3 Million Florida Children Under Age 6 Will Be Part of the Workforce in 2030

Career and college readiness efforts frequently focus on ensuring high school students have the skills needed to succeed in postsecondary education or job training. However, the foundation of many skills needed for 21st-century jobs is established in the earliest years.

Early childhood education is essential for a child’s development of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Preparing our youngest students to learn provides a foundation for future success and helps them develop important skills such as self-discipline, persistence and cooperation–skills that are essential to their future success and a quality workforce.

 

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Share Your Story:

What is your community doing to improve the quality of early childhood education? We want to hear from you. Email jparrish@flfoundation.org and share your story.

About the Florida Scorecard:

The Florida Scorecard, located at www.TheFloridaScorecard.com, presents metrics across Florida’s economy. Each month, the Florida Chamber Foundation produces a Scorecard Stat that takes an in-depth look at one aspect of Florida’s economy. If you would like additional information on the Weekly Scorecard Stat or on the Florida Scorecard, please contact Dr. Jerry Parrish with the Florida Chamber Foundation at 850.521.1283.

Project WoW Grant Encourages Arts, Science and Innovation in Preschoolers

Preparing our youngest students to learn provides a foundation for future success and helps them develop important skills such as self-discipline, persistence and cooperation–skills that are essential to their future success and a quality workforce.

Consider the facts:

  • Eighty-five percent of brain growth occurs by the time a child is three.
  • Participants in early childhood learning programs are 80 percent more likely to attend college.
  • High quality early childhood education programs increase employability by 23 percent
  • Adults who attended early childhood programs earn 33 percent higher average salaries.

In one of the most impressive partnerships this year, Florida Chamber member PNC Foundation has awarded $400,000 to the Orlando Science Center and the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts for their new program: Project WoW (World of Wonder).

According to a Dr. Phillips Center press release:

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando Science Center (OSC) will partner on a three-year grant to launch Project WoW – “World of Wonder” for 4-year-olds, their families and teachers in Orlando. Project WoW enhances access to arts and sciences for hundreds of pre-k students and their families through classroom and home activities, support of teachers through training and mentors along with special family events at the two centers.

We commend PNC, OSC and the Dr. Phillips Center for their commitment to early learning education and we wish them luck in their new endeavor.

At the Florida Chamber, we continually advocate for programs and initiatives that strengthen the future of our state. Early learning, the literal foundation for life-long learning, is an investment that must not be taken lightly.

Florida’s global competitiveness depends on a quality education system, and for us, this commitment must begin early. This is why the Florida Chamber foundation has created the Business Alliance for Early Learning. Businesses from around the state will tackle a number of issues impacting children ages 0-8. Join us as we engage businesses, families and community leaders in securing Florida’s future through quality early education.

To participate in a Business Alliance conference call or for more information, sign up here or email us at tlowe@flfoundation.org.