Forum: The Economics of Early Childhood Development

Submitted by RWaxman-Lenz on Thu, 01/20/2005 - 11:26.

A two-part forum on: The Economics of Early Childhood Development

 Awareness: Session; One February 1, 2005, 4:00-6:00PM, Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Wade Oval in University Circle

 Alignment and Action: Session Two, February 14, 9AM to 12PM, Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in Shaker Heights

Join us to strengthen the foundation of our region’s economic transformation by tightening the connection between early childhood education and regional economic development. The two forums will serve as a launching point for a regional action plan to enhance our children's development.


 With panelists:

  • Tom Barrett, Executive Director, Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development
  • Gretchen Younker Cohen, Executive VP of Operations, US Endoscopy
  • Marsha Egbert, Sr. Program Officer, The George Gund Foundation
  • Billie Osborne Fears, Executive Director, Starting Point
  • Lee Fisher, President and CEO, Center for Families and Children
  • Marilyn McGrath, VP Community Relations, MBNA America
  • Sandra Redmond, Program Manager, Early Childhood Education, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Jay Talbot, Sr. Program Officer, The Cleveland Foundation
  • Art Treuhaft, President, Treu-Mart Fund Board
  • Thea Wilson, Manager of Early Childhood for Cleveland Municipal School District

Opening remarks: Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan


Ed Morrison, Executive Director, Case's Center for Regional Economic Issues


Roberta Waxman-Lenz, Case’s Center for Regional Economic Issues

Time & Place:


Tuesday, February 1, 4 P.M. to 6 P.M., Cleveland Museum of Natural History, University Circle, Rare Book Room

Admission: Free & Open to the public



Parking is free and available in the lot adjacent to the Museum located on Wade Circle in University Circle.


  • The Case Center for Regional Economic Issues (REI)
  • The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University
  • Invest in Children
  • Starting Point

 The above organizations are initiating a two-part initiative to bring our region to the next level of action to address the needs of our young children. Underpinning this discussion is the understanding that regional economic development depends on quality care for our young children. In a global economy that runs on brainpower, workforce development begins with a pregnant mother. With this premise in mind, our initiative will bring together professionals in our region from five groups involved and interested in child development issues in various forms and at various levels.


Awareness & Alignment &  Action. 

Together we can build new ideas

to reach defined mutual goals

to bring our children to new levels of

 self-awareness and intellectual growth.


Awareness Session One February 1, 2005, 4:00-6:00PM, Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Wade Oval in University Circle. (See top of page information)

Panelists from five of our sub-communities will present (in five minutes) their involvement in the child development realm. Which sub-communities?

· Business

· Child Care

· Child Development

· Development/Foundations

· Policy/Government


 Panelists will be asked to answer the following questions:

· What is your organization doing for our young children? 

· What successes have you had?

· What next steps do you plan to take?


 The audience will include:

· Anyone invested in issues involving young children

· Businesses

· Child Care Workers

· Child Development Professionals

· Citizens

· Development People and Foundations

· Government and Policy People

· Parents and grandparents


Alignment and Action Session Two February 14, 9AM to 12PM, Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in Shaker Heights, will be a chance to explore possibilities for new partnerships and collaborations among our sub-communities to enable appropriate actions. We will give an overview of the first session, then break into smaller groups to discuss:

  •  What would Northeast Ohio look like if we were to become a national leader in early childhood development by 2010?
  •  What early childhood development partnerships make sense in Northeast Ohio? 

 What new sources of funding can be accessed and developed to attain our mutual goals? Does it make sense, for example, to do away with recruitment subsidies for business and invest more heavily in early childhood development?

  •  To better understand our community’s needs, are there unexplored issues that need research?
  •  What new networks should be formed to align our efforts more effectively?
  •  What role should the colleges and universities in our region play in this endeavor?

Two first steps

to a new alignment

for a new approach

to meeting the needs

of young children

in our community. 

Wayback Machine revisiting


Revisiting the effort that roped me into REALNEO.  Cleveland Public Library Deputy Director asked me to go.  I went.  Joined REALNEO.


Join us to strengthen the foundation of our region’s economic transformation by tightening the connection between early childhood education and regional economic development. (Note: This site is under construction to provide extensive information on child-related issues and enable conversations among community members.)

Child Care Services in Northeast Ohio -- A Directory

Submitted by Blair Niles on Tue, 2005-03-22 11:12.

What child service organizations and agencies are working to serve you in northeast Ohio?  This directory -- as it expands -- will help you to find the services you need and also assist the various agencies in coordinating their activities on-line.  Please feel free to add comments about the assistance you have received from any of these organizations.  You should also write in if you find that an organization in our region is not listed and should be added.  (This site is still under construction.)

Research for Our Future

Submitted by Blair Niles on Sun, 2005-03-20 11:22.

This section includes research initiatives that our community feels must be pursued.  For example, the High/Scope Perry Preschool Study conducted in Ypsilanti, Michigan in the 1960s contributes to the understanding the early childhood education community has on the value of quality child care.  The statistics that come from this report have been utilized by the Minneapolis Federal Reserve to extend the argument as to why investing in young children is the wisest investment one can make.  The paper published by the Federal Reserve in March 2003 explains the internal rate of return on investments in early childhood clearly and leaves room for more research of this kind.  More longitudinal studies of this sort are necessary to make informed policy decisions in the field of child care.  What research needs to be conducted in your opinion to further the understanding of the economic realities of investing in children? 

You can write in your answers by logging into this website at the upper left-hand corner of this page.  If you need help logging in, please write to Roberta Waxman-Lenz at rwaxlenz [at] gmail [dot] com">rwaxlenz [at] gmail [dot] com.  We welcome your thoughts on this important issue.

16 March 2005 - Part Three of The Economics of Early Childhood Development Initiative

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 2005-03-16 21:06.

Roberta Waxman-Lenz, consultant to Case Center for Regional Economic Issues (REI), speaks of the origins and purpose of this initiative - this is the 3rd meeting nurtured by REI centered on the connection between early childhood development and economic development. (To see workshop agenda, click here.)

Ed Morrison, director of REI, speaks of his experience in governmental economic development that first connected these concepts in the late 1980's, leading to initiatives of Commission on the South - Ed now wants to see Northeast Ohio as a global center of investing economic development funding in children as opposed to moving companies around - transfer the hundreds of millions into the open source process focused on conversation in critical areas outlined in Ed's Open Source Economic Development Framework -

Ed stresses we need to think about all this very differently than in the past - Commission on the South started with the concept that Economic Development begins with the pregnant mother - looks to making pre-school and all day kindergarten available to all children. REI is taking that thinking across this region - not inventing new ways but leveraging existing strengths and migrating what we are doing into the economic development space - build that Return On Investment argument so "business" leaders see the connection - and how do we build that vision out across the region - leverage network of universities and organizations.

It is Ed's position the county should completely stop spending money to move companies around the region, and rather to invest that in the pregnant mom and early child development. Ed's defense of this position is to point to successes across the country, and costs of failure - like $25,000 cost per student to help unprepared dropout through to a GED versus preparing students to succeed throughout life.

Economic Development is a complex system - challenge is to operate effectively in the civic space - build networks around brainpower (not blame-game around education). Ed's model puts brainpower first at the most fundamental level in his economic model. Ed points out the failure of the hierarchical model of command and control that remains the foundation of traditional economic development. He explains that failed model as being: get an entry level job - work up the chain of pay-scales within the constraints of your "degrees" - stay in the same company for one's whole working life - all that is dead.

NEO Generation Planning Session

Submitted by amin varghai on Wed, 2005-03-16 16:45.

( categories: All for NEO Generation )

03.16.05 - The Economics of Early Childhood Development. Part Three of the Forum

Wed, 2005-03-16 16:00
Peter B. Lewis Building (Room 02), 11119 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH

March 16th, Wednesday, 4-6 PM.  Forum Three on The Economics of Early Childhood Development (EECD):  Next Steps in Taking Initiatives.  Location: Peter B. Lewis Building at Case Western Reserve University, Room 02.  (View map.)  Join us to contribute to building a regional strategy for child care across the 22 counties of northeast Ohio.  We will explore ways to open channels of communication with area businesses on child care issues; identify data for making informed decisions on addressing quality care; determine steps for mobilizing parents and enabling them to be informed voices on child care issues; and identify research projects that show the connection between early childhood development and economic development.  Together we will build northeast Ohio as a national leader in early childhood development and bring our children to new levels of self-awareness and intellectual growth.

Initiatives as a launching point for Part Three of the Forum

Submitted by Blair Niles on Fri, 2005-03-11 10:02.


Part Three of the Forum on the Economics of Early Childhood Development will take place on Wednesday, March 16, 4-6PM at the Peter B. Lewis Building (Room 02) of Case Weatherhead School of Management.  Detailed map:  Address: 11119 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH.

Co-hosts: Case Center for Regional Economic Issues (REI), The Economics of Early Childhood Development Initiative (EECD), and Invest in Children.

Join us to build a regional dialogue from lessons learned in Cuyahoga County. Our goal is to engage our community in developing a regional strategy for child care across the 22 counties of northeast Ohio.

Participants at Part Two of the Forum on EECD identified twelve initiatives to strengthen early child care in northeast Ohio.  These initiatives – listed below – were developed through a series of brainstorming sessions at the event.  The first two of these focus on early child care professionals reaching out to businesses and to policy people to broaden the discussion of the needs of our young children.  The Research and Public Awareness initiatives feed into the process for reaching these overarching goals.  The Research projects conducted will also strengthen our Public Awareness efforts.  Another element that must be factored into this picture is that of media.  What role will media play in furthering this endeavor?  View a model that clarifies how these initiatives relate to each other: click here.

Can Child Care Programs Benefit Business?

Submitted by Blair Niles on Wed, 2005-03-09 18:39.

How can Northeast Ohio attract and retain educated and skilled employees?  How can businesses in Northeast Ohio gain an increased pool of qualified workers?  A survey conducted by Starting Point, northeast Ohio's child care resource and referral agency, examines family friendly policies in northeast Ohio businesses and institutions.  Read the 2002 Northeast Ohio Work and Family Survey to learn about the results of their work.  Here are some highlights from the executive summary:

 "Research shows child care problems are the most significant indicators of absenteeism and unproductive time at work—totaling an annual cost of $3 billion, according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This does not include the loss of productivity among employees whose attention is diverted by other family concerns."

"Today's workers increasingly cite the ability to successfully balance work and family life as important in choosing an employer-- more important than job security, working conditions or relationships with co-workers and supervisors."

The Bottom Line: Backup Child Care Strengthens Businesses

Submitted by Blair Niles on Sun, 2005-03-06 22:52.

I am a senior-level manager who has a meeting with a major client.  One of my staff responsible for the meeting calls in sick.  The truth is that her son’s caretaker is out sick.  My employee’s child care support breaks down, so I will be left with a dissatisfied client.

This scenario is more common than one would think.  According to an article in the February issue of CFO magazine, a survey conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures found that child care problems force 80 percent of employees to miss work.  According to the Child Care Action Campaign, U.S. companies have losses of about $3 billion each year resulting from employee child care arrangements breaking down.  “On average, working mothers lose eight-and-a-half days per year, and fathers lose five days annually.  The result is lower productivity, stalled projects, and higher turnover.”

Lead Abatement - an issue for ensuring healthy homes

Submitted by Blair Niles on Fri, 2005-02-25 13:05.

Participants of the Forum on the Economics of Early Childhood Development raised the issue of lead abatement as a priority for ensuring the healthy lives of children in our region.  Organizations in our community have developed a model for addressing lead hazard control in partnership with the Cleveland Department of Public Health.  One such organization is Environmental Health Watch, which has responded to the community's need to remedy our region's concerns about hazardous waste, chemical pollution, and chemical accidents.

If you know of other agencies and organizations involved in such work, click on "add new comment" below this article and add your information to help link people with similar interests and concerns.  To contribute your information and thoughts, you will need to register by going to the upper left-hand corner of this site and clicking on "create new account".  Once you have entered your name and email address, you'll be sent a password to enter the site as an active user. 

02.14.05 Initiatives Identified at Economics of Early Child Development -- Forum Two

Submitted by Blair Niles on Tue, 2005-02-15 23:01.

Participants to the forum on The Economics of Early Childhood
Development were asked to connect the dots from early childhood
development to regional economic development. The goal of this
interactive session was to broaden the discussion on early care in
three ways:


Groundwork Listening Session 2024




Lynanne Gutierrez - President, Groundwork OH
Dr. Aparna Roy, Chair of Pediatrics, MetroHealth
Dr. Airica Steed, President & CEO, MetroHealth


Maternal and Infant Health Panel
Moderated by Kim Green, MSN, RN, C-EFM, VP MetroHealth Women and Children Services


Dr. Kelly Gibson, Division for Maternal & Fetal Medicaine and Associate Director of Obstetric Informatics
Jazmin Long, President & CEO, Birthing Beautiful Communities
Dr. Jessica Pippen, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, MetroHealth

Angela Newman White, ED, First Year Cleveland


Early Childhood Care and Learning Panel


Moderated by Gloria Blevins, President Black Child Development Institute


Carole Beaty, MSPOD, Chief Program Officer at Center for Families and Children

Nancy Mendez, President & CEO of Starting Point/ MetroHealth Board Member

Sawna Rohrman, Director, Invest in Children Cuyahoga County


The stats are sobering and have not improved.



My MAJOR Takeaways - 


>>Black maternal health needs to be a priority service with expanded capacity. It is a massive failure that hospitals are STILL not serving even well-informed Black mothers like MetroHealth President Airica Steed. 

BBC’s Jazmin Long doula program Birthing Beautiful Communities and MetroHealth has announced new Midwifery program which Long helped to establish


>>MetroHealth has implemented a “Mom’s House” - serving mothers who need support to get help with addiction during pregnancy Panelist Dr. Pippen is the lead - Monica Matia is the Project Coordinator.mmatia @ 


>>Starting Point serves 24,000 families, providers and community members annually across Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties.  (Public-private partnership) I have used:


BIG news - STAR rating is changing from 1-5 star rating  to GOLD (4 and 5 star)  -SILVER (3) -BRONZE (1-2)

William Clark/Cassandra Jackson from Cuyahoga County were in the audience and help get daycares licensed.


>> House Bill 7 is current Groundwork legislative focus


>> Family Space is a library collaborative - a push I would like to see highlighted by MetroHealth Institute of HOPE referral process using MyChart and UniteUs platform and Nurse Family Partnership