Business Leaders to Tout Economic Boost of Early Education Investments in Illinois

New research fuels call to protect, strengthen early childhood programs 

Every public dollar invested in early care and education produces an impressive and nearly immediate boost for businesses throughout Illinois.  Plus, increased investments in the early childhood sector would create thousands more jobs and generate more than $1 billion in new economic activity, according to new research to be released from the business-leader organization ReadyNation/ America’s Edge.

Four Illinois business and community leaders will join ReadyNation/America’s Edge National Director Sara Watson in releasing the reportThe report details the short-term economic benefits of preschool and other early learning programs that long have been known to produce long-term benefits for children, our workforce, our business climate, and economy.

WHAT:  Teleconference (news briefing conducted by telephone conference call)

WHEN:  10:30 a.m. CT, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TO PARTICIPATE:   Dial 1-800-434-1335

                               Conference code 722819#

WHO:  Business and community leaders from throughout Illinois who are members of ReadyNation/America’s Edge:

  • B. Bradford Billings, President & CEO, Blessing Health System, Quincy
  • Tom Fitch, Vice President, Harold O’Shea Builders, Springfield, and Chairman of the Greater Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Honorable John Miller, Mayor, City of Collinsville
  • Lisa Savegnago, President, Nameplate & Panel Technology, Carol Stream

TO OBTAIN MATERIALS & VISUALS:  The report, news release, and graphic depictions of the data will be available online by the start of Tuesday’s teleconference.  For a web link, please contact Sean Noble at or the phone numbers listed below.

ReadyNation/America’s Edge is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of business leaders whose members work to strengthen businesses and the economy through research-proven investments in children and youth.

Sean Noble –, work: 312-288-8229, cell: 312-502-5566


About Us

CSA serves as the corporate nonprofit for its membership organizations. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids was launched in 1996 followed by America’s Edge (2008), Mission: Readiness (2009) and Shepherding the Next Generation (2010). CSA membership organizations address public policy issues that are of interest to the distinct members of each organization and that relate to the future strength of our nation.