Invest Early - Enrich Tomorrow's Workforce
Support Employees of Today
The percentage of the county's female labor work force employed outside the home increased from 43% in 1970 to about 66% in 2004. Families with both parents working outside the home increasingly rely on child care and early childhood educators to help educate young children and prepare them for successful transition to school.
Children who receive quality early childhood education are better able to transition smoothly into kindergarten and are less likely to require remedial support and costly assistance throughout grades K-12. As a result, parents are better able to focus on their work and are less likely to have unscheduled leave from work to address remedial issues during the first twelve years children are in school.
Businesses consider their employees to be their most valuable asset. Today, you have the opportunity to give your employees pride and satisfaction - knowing that their children are benefiting from quality early childhood education in the county. Confidence and security at home can go a long way in making your employees be successful at work.
Business investment in early childhood education and school readiness helps Fairfax County's youngest children enter school prepared to succeed.
Children acquire the foundation for desirable business skills such as communications, teamwork and critical thinking before the age of five. Barnett, W. (1995), Long-Term Outcomes of Early Childhood Programs. The Future of Children, Vol.5 (3).
When you think about the best place to allocate your resources, think school readiness. School readiness means providing young children with quality early childhood education so that they can successfully transition to school and go on to be productive members of our community.