Grand Rapids Exec Makes the Case for Home Visiting
The March issue of The Chamber News, a monthly publication of the Grand Rapids, Mich., Chamber of Commerce, included an article from Rick Baker, CEO of the Grand Rapids Chamber, on the importance of home visiting for Michigan's economic future.
Baker calls for Michigan legislators to focus tax dollars on programs with a proven record of success and to work hard to strengthen the business climate. He recommends investing in home visiting, which matches new parents with trained professionals who provide information and support during pregnancy and the child’s early years.
Employers are noticing more prospective hires who lack fundamental skills such as problem solving and the ability to work in teams. The foundation for these critical skills is built in the earliest years of life. Investing in home visits and early childhood education can help meet the needs of business by insuring a better prepared, more competitive work force.