HELENA, Montana – Zero to Five Montana has been invited to join the Early Childhood and Business Advisory Council, a joint initiative between the U.S. Chamber Foundation and the Bipartisan Policy Center to engage the business community and key early childhood stakeholders to support the expansion of high-quality, affordable child care in communities and states in ways that will benefit working parents, providers, and employers.
“Child care impacts everyone, so it’s critical for the business and economic development sector to join forces with early childhood partners to advance solutions that work for Montana families, communities, and employers,” said Caitlin Jensen, Zero to Five Montana executive director. “Being part of this national advisory council is a great opportunity for the Montana team to work with our counterparts across the nation to develop a collective set of goals we can bring back to our state and local community leaders who are working to address child care solutions statewide.”
The U.S. Chamber Foundation and the Bipartisan Policy Center will provide support and technical assistance to participants from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas. Through this collaboration, each state and local group will be well-positioned to devise an action plan for how to best tackle the most pressing child care needs facing their communities.
The first in-person meeting for the council is in Charlotte, North Carolina, Aug. 8-10, 2023.