Employers and Business Partners

As an employer, you can help ensure the workforce pipeline is filled with skilled, capable workers now and well into the future. And it all starts with early childhood.

Early childhood is a critical period of brain development. During the first few years of life, the brain is building the foundation for lifelong learning. Research shows that high-quality early childhood education programs for disadvantaged children can deliver a 13% per year return on investment through better outcomes in education, health, social behaviors, and employment. But what exactly does a high-quality early education program look like?

Learn & Grow helps answer that question by setting the standard for early childhood education quality in Alaska. Learn & Grow has five levels of program quality, each consisting of four quality domains with a unique set of standards and required activities. This framework guides and supports early childhood education programs as they pursue continuous quality improvement.

When you invest in Learn & Grow, you help ensure more of Alaska’s children have access to high-quality early childhood education—the kind that creates a strong workforce today while building a productive and stable workforce for the future.

Contact thread, the nonprofit organization that houses and manages Learn & Grow, to learn more or give now.