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February 21st 2013:A Question of Competition: the Business Case for Investment in in Child Care and Early Education

President Obama proposed making "high-quality preschool available to every child in America.” Most OECD nations (+ China and Brazil) invest heavily in pre-K, but conservative pols term it a “nanny state” program. Conservative think-tanks & the WSJ mock findings of a 7:1 ROI. Are they right? Not according to many business leaders! Or to my guests: Charles Kolb (President, French-American Foundation)& Rob Dugger (Managing Partner, Hanover Investment Group). They discuss why major companies consider investment in young children a key strategy to build a productive workforce, support a strong nati

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Robert H Dugger

Robert H Dugger Robert Dugger is a venture capital investor, a retired partner in the hedge fund Tudor Investment Corporation, and advocate for the business case for investing in early childhood development. Rob’s main interest is early child development and organizing strong business coalitions in states to support high-return investment spending in children prenatal to five. He co-founded ReadyNation to do this work -- www.readynation.org -- and in recognition was the first recipient of Zero to Three’s Reiner Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of Very Young Children. This award was presented to him for work that "has engaged and inspired a multitude of uncommon champions for babi
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Charles E.M. Kolb

Charles Kolb was President of the French-American Foundation—United States, located in New York City, from August 2012 until August 2014. The French-American Foundation is the only non-governmental organization in the United States dedicated specifically to strengthening the relationship between the two countries. It does so by bringing together leaders, policymakers and a full range of professionals to exchange views, share best practices, and consider how each country might benefit from the expertise and experience of the other. Prior to joining the French-American Foundation, he was President of the Committee for Economic Development (CED) from 1997 to 2012 and served as General Counse
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