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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 priority needs with an economic development and growth framework.

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

Leverage economic expertise and knowledge of CCDBG and other related laws to help states advance child care policy strategies.

CED helps states with approaches that increase the quality of and access to early learning; promote effective child care business practices; advance the professional development and compensation of early childhood educators (including tax credits); and bring an integrated approach 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 (including tax credit incentives) 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 through interactive data visualizations, household cost calculators, and other means.
  • Developing toolkits for employer engagement and child care-related tax credits (supply, quality, and ECE workforce). 
  • Creating COVID-19 resource hubs for child care providers (sources of support across federal government agencies).