Organizers of a recent forum charged Battle Creek's businesses with investing in early childhood education for the benefit of the children, the community and the businesses themselves.
About 70 people, most of them business leaders or nonprofit heads but some of them educators and students, attended an "Early Learning is Good Business" forum at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in downtown Battle Creek. The forum was one of the monthly Project 20/20 meetings that bring businesses and other community groups together to talk about ways to improve the community.
Tuesday's speakers said businesses could do that by investing money, time or the weight of their influence to encourage early childhood programs. Educated children are more likely to succeed after school and make their communities successful, forum leaders said.