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Building the Business Case for Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce

Case studies include CVS/Caremark, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and the Johns Hopkins Hospital system.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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This paper from Corporate Voices, similarly profiles private-sector commitments to support education and workforce training for lower-skilled employees, and documents the substantial payoff to companies that have done so.
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Opportunities in the Workforce Readiness Pipeline: A Community Engagement Toolkit for Business

The toolkit reflects the expertise of United Way Worldwide and the Workforce Strategy Center, content partners in the publication. It offers practical advice and hands-on steps to investing in community improvement, and features case studies from leading corporate citizens like KPMG LLP's Family for Literacy program, Baxter International's Science@Work program, and the Bridging Richmond initiative, supported by the Altria Group.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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This toolkit is designed to assist business and local leaders in developing successful, sustainable partnerships to ensure that more young people in their communities have the highest-quality education and supports they need to be successful today, and as the workforce we will depend on tomorrow.
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Voices for the Common Good: America Speaks Out on Education

This United Way Worldwide report highlights the voices of everyday Americans concerned about education in the United States. Above all, the opinion was that there is so much acrimony, divisiveness and negativity in our debates on the issues of education. Everyday people are hungry to get past the posturing and get on to doing whatever it takes to set children up for success. While so much attention lately has been placed on schools, the people in this report said that while schools play an important role, communities and indivduals have to step forward in a different way.

Friday, April 1, 2011
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This report shares the aspirations and concerns of everyday people across America about their communities and what it will take for children to succeed in life. It's based on a series of community conversations local United Ways hosted across the country last fall, as well as on some focus groups and a national poll.

Business Engagement Menu

Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Developed by Ready by 21 Partner Corporate Voices for Working Families, this is a menu of ways that business leaders can be involved in their communities. Nonprofit leaders can use this to see the array of options for businesses to be involved in changing the odds for children and youth.
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Business Engagement Stakeholders Wheel: Identifying Business Leaders in Your Community

This white paper helps nonprofits see the range of ways they can partner with business leaders. The Business Stakeholder Wheel is an easy to use visual that shows the array of roles that businesses can play in community change efforts.

Saturday, May 15, 2010
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Developed by Ready by 21 Partner Corporate Voices for Working Families, this tool helps connect business leaders as partners and outlines the various roles that businesses can play in improving the odds for children and youth.
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Supporting the Education Pipeline: A Business Engagement Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Supporting the Education Pipeline toolkit was created to house background research, tools used by your peers in the field, protocols to help you implement your business engagement efforts, and case studies to illustrate the successes and lessons learned by others in the field.

Are They Really Ready to Work?

If excellence is necessary for America to continue to effectively compete in the global economy, then there is much work to be done in preparing the next generation of professionals to enter the workplace.

Sunday, April 22, 2007
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Given the urgent need to find skilled professionals, The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management conducted a survey, "Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce", to gain a better understanding of the readiness of new entrants to the workforce.

Tomorrow’s Workforce: Ready or Not – It’s a Choice the Business Community Must Make Now

Friday, May 23, 2008
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This report, prepared by Corporate Voices for Working Families, spotlights the challenges facing the business community—and highlights actions that can be taken now to help solve a problem that involves not just young people, but one that touches the lives of everyone.

Why America Needs High-Quality Early Care and Education

Thursday, May 14, 2009
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Over the past three decades, business leaders have invested time, expertise and resources in efforts to improve K–12 education in the United States. What Corporate Voices for Working Families and the Business Roundtable have learned leads to the conclusion that America’s continuing efforts to improve education and develop a world-class workforce will be hampered without serious federal and state commitments to high-quality early care and education for all children, zero through five. In challenging economic times, it is essential that public investment be as efficient and effective as possible. Investments in quality early care and education, with a particular focus on children most at risk, are a wise and safe investment in our nation’s success.
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