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Business Community Knows Early Childhood Education is Vital

Dear Groundwork Team:

This week, I was happy to be invited by PNC Bank Regional President, Dave Melin, to join PNC and the Dayton community for their Economic Forecast Luncheon. The event brought together area business leaders invested in Ohio's economic future. PNC understands that we cannot talk about Ohio's future economic prosperity without looking at the state of early learning in Ohio. It is not mere coincidence that only 40% of Ohio kindergartners come to school ready to learn and only 43% of Ohio's working population has a post-secondary degree or credential. This is unacceptable when we consider that, by 2020, 65% of jobs will require more than a high school diploma. Our kindergartners are our future workforce, and we are calling on business and community leaders to demand that early childhood becomes a priority in our state in order to secure economic prosperity in Ohio. Please help us elevate this demand far and wide as we continue to share the business case for early childhood education across the state.

Shannon Jones

Executive Director

Pictured below on the left is Dave Melin, PNC Bank Dayton Regional President and on the right is Shannon Jones, Executive Director of Groundwork Ohio.

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