Summarizes findings from a 2010 statewide summit and makes the case for policy makers and business to increase investment in early childhood programs for sound long-term economic returns.

This resource summarizes the Nevada Business Summit on Early Childhood Investment, which "met to discuss effective ways to invest in early childhood education and health, in hopes of creating solutions that would provide long term human capital development through early intervention. The summit tied issues of employment opportunities, job readiness and economic trends to the need to invest in early childhood programs to enhance Nevada's growth and competitiveness in the United States and global economy.

During the summit, members of the business and early childhood community heard from three guest speakers, who highlighted the connection between business and early childhood development. First, Dr. Pat Levitt discussed toxic stress and its impact on learning and health. Dr. Art Rolnick presented on early childhood development and public return on investment, and ended with Dr. Robert Dugger who put forth the call to action. The goal of the summit was to introduce the public/private partnership agenda to increase business awareness, engagement and investments in existing and expansion of early childhood programs throughout Nevada” (p.1). (Abstractor : Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

A survey of conference participants resulted in the following recommendations: “1. Develop a unified message/vision for quality early childhood education in Nevada. 2. Improve/enhance data collection systems and assessment tools used statewide in early childhood programs to be linked to a centralized depository of information. 3. Develop and implement a comprehensive social marketing campaign (based alignment of the message/vision) to promote nationally recognized standards of excellence in quality early childhood education and care programs. 4. Coordinate and align groups that support quality early care and education to work in collaboration and move forward one agenda. 5. Utilize business leaders serving on local and state Councils to coordinate, inform, and align public policy advocacy campaign messaging and engage policymakers at the local, state and federal levels. 6. Provide education and support to implement individualized business strategies that promote quality early childhood” (p.1-2).(Abstractor : Author and Website Staff)