Investing in Kids is Good Business!
Early childhood development determines readiness to learn and subsequent school and career success. Early intervention (0-3 years) through quality childhood nurturing and education is critical in ensuring a highly skilled and emotionally stable workforce ready for the ever-changing 21st century economy.
Early intervention/preventative maintenance is the most cost-effective way to ensure reliability and durability from just about everything; from to cars to bridges to health. It’s no different with human development. Investment in early childhood development provides the critical preventative maintenance our children need in order to keep future Oklahomans out of the prison system, off the streets and into a workforce and economy that desperately needs them. Oklahoma Champions for Early Opportunities (OKCEO) is dedicated to community outreach and getting the word out about allocating state resources, public and private, in the most efficient way possible to ensure Oklahoma has a future workforce that is ready for the challenges that lie ahead. The answer is to start early.
OKCEO is a statewide network of over 60 business and community leaders who are mobilized to educate the general public and other Oklahoma business, community and legislative leaders about the strong link between early childhood development and economic growth. OKCEO was formed in 2010, led by the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Smart Start Oklahoma and the Potts Family Foundation.