Sara Watson is a senior officer at the Pew Center on the States and director of the Partnership for America’s Economic Success.
Robert Dugger is a managing partner at Hanover Investment Group and advisory board chairman for the Partnership for America’s Economic Success.
In 2006, the Pew Charitable Trusts and financial services executive Robert Dugger, along with other funders,3 created the Partnership for America’s Economic Success. The purpose was to document the economic impact of research-based investments in young children, and, if the evidence was compelling, engage business leaders to advocate for smart policy change. The Partnership’s body of research showed profound impacts associated with many detrimental early childhood conditions such as poor nutrition, inadequate housing, low parent income, and a lack of access to early education and health services – as well as the benefits of high-quality interventions.4 Based on those data, the Partnership now supports a network of executives who have added their voices to policy debates in order to secure the workforce needed for tomorrow.
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