The Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan alliance of business leaders committed to improving the Missouri and Kansas education systems for workforce development and economic growth.
The Alliance business leader members work to strengthen businesses and the economy through proven investments in children. We take a critical look at the knowledge, skills and abilities businesses need their employees to have in the 21st century, including the ability to be communicators, collaborators, and critical thinkers. We educate policy-makers and the public about high-quality investments that protect Americaʼs competitive edge in a global market place, build a foundation for lasting economic security, and help our nationʼs children get on the right track.
We support proven programs that pay big dividends to businesses both today and tomorrow, strengthen communities, and get children school- and work- ready so businesses have a future workforce with the knowledge, skills and abilities we need. We know that among the most effective ways to increase sales of local goods and services and create jobs is through investments in kids. For example, investments in quality early care and education:
Strengthen the economy now because every $1 invested in early care and education
Generates nearly $2 for the local economy.
Reduce costs from absenteeism, which costs U.S. businesses $3 billion annually.
Generate high returns on investment of $16 for every $1 spent due to reduced crime, welfare and special education costs.
Create a world-class workforce by:
Increasing graduation rates by 44%; and Increasing earnings potential by 33%.