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Committee for Economic Development

The Committee for Economic Development (CED) of The Conference Board is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy organization led by a network of business leaders.

CED conducts research on major economic and social issues to actively inform and engage the business community and to achieve public policy reform in the nation’s interest. Early childhood education has been a priority issue at CED for more than 50 years.

Our state allies can call on the Committee for Economic Development to:

Help communicate early care and education needs and priorities with a state economic recovery, development, and growth framing.

CED helps advocates, business leaders, and policymakers understand the cost of care (through cost-modeling); the development of supply strategies (through mapping, landscape and data analysis); and, the array of business relief options, as well as the promotion of public-private partnerships such as shared services among other approaches.

Leverage economic expertise and depth of knowledge related to the Child Care and Development Block Grant to help states advance and advocate child care policy strategies.

CED helps states with approaches that increase the quality of and access to early learning; stabilize the child care market; promote effective business practices (within center-based and home-based care); advance the professional development and compensation of early childhood educators (including tax credits); and, bring an integrated approach to expanding the business of child care to better meet the needs of families with children, employers, and communities.

Guide advocates' collaboration with the business community to expand support and explore new sources of revenue for early care and education.

CED works with state advocates and business leaders to identify policy solutions and promote new revenue generating options for early care and education.

Additional Alliance-funded support for state advocacy includes:

  • Compiling revenue policy resources to help states develop effective early childhood tax-credit and apprenticeship programs.
  • Constructing multiple sets of data, including economic-impact data related to the child care market, workforce participation data (employment, unemployment, labor force participation), and use of paid child care.
  • Developing toolkits for the child care tax credit (state tax credits and deductions for parents and employers) and the early childhood workforce tax credit.
  • Creating COVID-19 resource hubs for child care providers (sources of support across federal government agencies).