The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is jumping into an area it’s never tackled.
At a packed event at the Chamber's Union Station headquarters, Chamber President Roshann Parris said the organization has a new item for its Big 5 agenda of civic goals: making sure every child in the metropolitan area is ready for kindergarten.
"No single issue impacts the health and vitality of our regional community and regional workforce more than education," Parris said.
There’s been a push in the past couple of years to improve both the access to and quality of pre-kindergarten education.
Now the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce will jump into that effort and add early childhood development to its Big Five initiative.
Chamber President Roshann Parris says after meeting for months with area school superintendents, education researchers and, of course, business people, members decided that the best place to put their considerable clout and resources was in pre-K education.