This past April, the Early Learning Investment Commission held its 11th Annual Economic Summit. This event brought together over 200 business leaders, policymakers, and community leaders to network, collaborate, and learn from one another more about the role childcare today plays in growing the economy of tomorrow.

The 2019 Summit explored themes such as the importance of investing in the future workforce, quality and equity through apprenticeships, and the value of community in a child’s life. In addition to opening remarks from Governor Tom Wolf, guest speakers included Clive Belfield, Ph.D., Principal Economist at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, Mary Alice McCarthy, Ph.D., Director at the Center on Education & Skills, North America, Jeanette Betancourt, Ed.D., Senior Vice President of U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, and Rachel Chazan Cohen, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Panel discussions focused on investing in the future workforce and the intersection of philanthropy and policy.

The full report, which can be read here: Growing Tomorrow’s Economy Means Investing in Child Care Today, released by the Commission in partnership with ReadyNation, outlines the consequences of inadequate infant and child care in Pennsylvania. For more videos and photos from the Summit, visit or contact the Commission at