A version of this article appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “Attention, global leaders!”
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Erikson is partnering with the Clinton Global Initiative to bring early childhood education to the attention of the world’s business, government, and nonprofit sectors.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the initiative convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

“High-quality early childhood education must be a top concern for business and other leaders,” says Jana Fleming, executive director of the Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy and initiative participant. “Workforce development, social justice, and a better future all begin in a child’s earliest years.”

Erikson is a member of the initiative’s Early Childhood Education Working Group and has made two major commitments to action for 2012–13. Erikson will also participate in the June 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago.

Clinton Global Initiative commitments

Educating America on the Value of Early Childhood Teachers

Erikson and the Child Care Services Association, along with their partners, committed to increase public understanding of early childhood teachers’ critical role in helping ensure a young child’s future success in school and in life. Full description »

The effort began by developing a set of key message points subsequently used in communications campaigns conducted by the partner organizations.

Fleming co-chairs this effort with Sue Russell, president of the Child Care Services Association. Partners include the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), HighScope Educational Research Foundation, American Federation of Teachers, Military Child Education Coalition, Teachstone, Hopkins House, and Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation.

Catalyzing Early Learning Innovation Through Digital Media

Five partner organizations committed to advancing quality early learning by promoting innovative technology and digital media. The effort will focus on empowering economically vulnerable U.S. families. Full description »

The partners — Erikson, the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, The Ounce of Prevention Fund, the Public Broadcasting Service, and Sesame Workshop — have formed the Alliance for 21st Century Early Learning. Chip Donohue, director of Erikson’s TEC Center, is a member.

About the Clinton Global Initiative

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI members address global challenges — implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI members translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.