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By Erin Duffy
Managing editor Buffett Early Childhood Institute 

Economy doesn't work without the early childhood workforce

Thriving Children, Families and Communities Conference planned for Sept. 19 in Kearney


August 31, 2023

There are more than 900,000 child care workers across the United States. Think of the impact they have on the millions of young children and families they serve.

Trusted early educators allow parents to work. They help businesses run at full speed. As small business owners, they invest their dollars right back into their communities.

And, Buffett Early Childhood Institute Executive Director Walter Gilliam argues, the early childhood workforce just might be the linchpin to our country’s economic recovery post-pandemic.

“We need to think of this workforce as simultaneously human bein...

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