Somehow the nation has lost sight of something quite natural in the cycle of life – children inevitably become adults! The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives embraces this reality by championing quality early childhood education as an investment in the future of the U.S. economy. In a nation with 10 million unemployed, a startling 4 million jobs cannot be filled because the United States does not have appropriately skilled candidates. Longitudinal data proves that kindergarten-readiness programs, like Orange Children & Parents Together, positively impact the economy and society at large. Early education for low-income students increases reading proficiency by the third grade, which in turn increases the likelihood of high school graduation, which subsequently yields more skilled and educated candidates entering the work force and acquiring life-sustaining jobs. Currently the cost of early childhood education averages $8,000 a year across the nation, which is more than 25% of an average OCPT’s family income. Head Start programs, like OCPT, deliver quality education to children and families who would otherwise be unable to access preschool due to poverty. Investing in the tiniest and youngest citizens today, has profoundly giant significance for all of our lives tomorrow. Positively impact tomorrow by getting involved today. Continue to educate yourself by reading more from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.