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Chase Corporate Challenge events Upstate
to benefit early child care education

ROCHESTER, April 14, 2011 — In an effort to raise awareness of the critical importance of educational programs from birth to age five, Chase Corporate Challenge events in Rochester (May 24), Buffalo (June 9) and Syracuse (June 21) will benefit not-for-profit organizations that support affordable, quality early care and education in their respective regions.

Child Care Council, Inc (Rochester), Child Care Resource Network (Buffalo) and Child Care Solutions (Syracuse) will each receive a donation from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, on behalf of the Corporate Challenge. The donations are in partnership with Winning Beginning NY, a statewide early childhood education coalition.

“We are proud through our Chase Corporate Challenge events in upstate New York to call attention to the importance of early child care,” said E. Malcolm “Sandy” Wolcott, president for Chase in upstate New York. “Research completed over the past decade clearly shows that 75% of a child’s brain growth occurs before age five. And children who attend quality early learning programs enter kindergarten ready to learn, and twice as likely to graduate high school and attend college.”

A study conducted recently by the Cornell University Survey Research Institute of 117 employers in downtown Buffalo showed that when quality early care programs are available, businesses experience less absenteeism and turnover, while enjoying greater worker retention and productivity.

“Supporting this program is a perfect fit with the Corporate Challenge,” Wolcott continued. “As the owner and operator of the largest road races in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse, Chase has a visible platform in which to promote the tangible importance of this early child care and education. This is of interest to a large of percentage of Corporate Challenge participants, so it is of interest to us.”

Rochester’s Child Care Council, Inc. is a not-for-profit that provides information, training and resources to child care providers and parents in Livingston, Monroe and Wayne counties. It provides training courses, community programs and important licensing information for parents and providers so that they can offer the best care possible.

Buffalo’s Child Care Resource Network is a not-for-profit Child Care Resource and Referral Agency committed to the development of affordable quality early care and education for children in Erie County. Its range of services include: helping families find child care; training, consulting and finding resources for child care providers; and assisting business and community planners.

Syracuse’s Child Care Solutions is committed to making child care work for families and child care providers in Onondaga and Cayuga counties. The not-for-profit was founded in 1975 to coordinate, assist and strengthen child care services in our community and provides information and resources to parents, providers, employers, and community leaders who seek solutions to their child care needs.

To learn more about Winning Beginning NY and the tangible importance of early child care, please visit http://winningbeginningny.org/video/index.php.

Registration for the Chase Corporate Challenge events in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse are now open. The three races will attract nearly 30,000 total participants from over 1,000 upstate New York companies.


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