The Business of Childcare

March 20, 2020

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Via webinar

The lack of access to high-quality, affordable childcare is increasingly becoming a challenge in all parts of New York State. Business leaders see the impact on their current workforce, and with recruitment and retention efforts. 

Join Raising NY coalition members The Business Council of New York State and the United Way of Buffalo, along with ReadyNation, to have a discussion about this important issue. Also, be the first to view the newest data on the economic impacts of New York State’s lack of access to quality childcare in the ReadyNation report which will be released at the event.  




A roundtable discussion, featuring business leaders and elected officials, to release a new report on the workforce-development significance of quality childcare. In light of new data on the economic impact of New York's childcare crisis, this report is particularly important as our state and municipalities work to improve economic development opportunities. 



In New York, 59 percent of young children have mothers who are working. Nationally, about one-third of parents report difficulties in finding child care. Childcare problems among their workers cost American employers more than $3 billion in lost productivity every year. In New York, the lack of affordable, quality childcare for infants and toddlers costs parents, employers, and taxpayers $4.56 billion annually. 


WHO Should Attend

  • Business, economic development, and chamber of commerce leaders of New York State
  • Elected and public officials of New York State





  • Amber L Mooney, Director of Workforce Development, The Business Council of New York State
  • Melodie Baker, Director of Education, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County  
  • Hope Lesane, Associate Director for Early Childhood, The Education Trust-New York
  • Honorable Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor, New York State

ReadyNation NYS Report

  • Catherine Van Ness, State Operations & Policy Deputy Director, ReadyNation

The Public Sector Champions 

  • Major General (Ret.) Michael S. Hall, U.S. Air Force, New York State Adjutant General (1992-1995)
  • Sheila Poole, Commissioner, New York State Office of Children and Family Services 

The Science Behind Early Learning

  • Bob Sornson, PhD, Author, Consultant and Founder of the Early Learning Foundation

The Business & Economic Development Champions

  • Facilitator: Fannie Glover, Director of Equity & Inclusion, Early Care and Learning Council
  • Fred Arcuri, Workforce Development Director, Three Rivers Development Corporation
  • Bob Haight, President & CEO, Cortland Chamber of Commerce
  • Christine Sharkey, President, Corning Enterprises
  • Julie Sheedy, Chief Marketing & Engagement Officer, Loretto



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