At Primrose Schools, we are united by our commitment to forge a path that leads to a brighter future for all children, and I’ve recently been reminded yet again why this advocacy is so important.
In early November, I was a panelist for the Council for a Strong America’s 2018 ReadyNation Summit in New York. This nonpartisan collective considers issues that threaten the strength of our families, communities, economy and national security. Access to quality early education and care is one of the priority solutions they’ve identified to reverse negative trends in each of these focus areas. My panel explored how social entrepreneurship and innovation are making a difference, and I was honored to share the stage with other business leaders who are finding creative ways to cultivate our future workforce.
This type of advocacy is deeply meaningful to me and to all of us at Primrose. From our National Leadership Support Team to our Franchise Owners and the teachers and staff who bring our Balanced Learning® approach to life, we share a responsibility to advocate for today’s children and help empower them to become our next generation of leaders.
How Primrose Franchise Owners Can Advocate for All Children
Our Primrose Franchise Owners understand their roles as leaders within their communities, which puts them in a unique and influential position for advocacy. They know that high-quality early education and care is more than simply teaching foundational academic skills. Helping to nurture who children are in addition to what they know must begin during preschool if we hope to instill positive traits that will last a lifetime. Primrose recognized this truth many years ago when we embraced the idea of Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts® — and this foundational belief is embedded intentionally throughout our Balanced Learning approach.
Primrose Franchise Owners have prime opportunities to share their beliefs about the importance of early education and care with parents, colleagues, politicians, business owners and other community advocates. They can encourage collective action to make a difference locally and help bring quality early education and care to more children in their communities.
Why Early Childhood Education Advocacy Is Important
Children hold the best hope for our long-term success as a nation, yet research shows that American children are falling behind their peers in other parts of the world. It will take teamwork that bridges public and private interests to close this widening achievement gap.
I am heartened that there is a growing understanding that an investment in high-quality early education yields long-term benefits, like stronger families, improved public safety, fortified national security and greater economic prosperity.
This knowledge reassures me, and should reassure you, too. But, we can’t afford for business leaders to stay on the sidelines – and that includes our own Primrose Franchise Owners. We need the brightest minds from all industries advocating for all of America’s children. This is an enormous challenge that requires collective impact to build healthy communities from coast to coast.
Leaders take a stand for the greater good – and our Primrose Franchise Owners have a unique opportunity to advance their leadership within their communities by engaging in early education advocacy at local levels
I encourage you to learn more about ReadyNation, and activate your colleagues, fellow business leaders and your community and to get involved. If you’re looking to take it one step further – and nurture the next generation of leaders and advocate for all children – I’d like to invite you to consider owning a Primrose school of your own. To learn more about franchise opportunities with Primrose, email us or give us a call at 800-PRIMROSE (774-6767).