"At Western Union, we believe that offering a suite of family-friendly benefits is right for our people and right for our business.  Helping our employees thrive at work and home enables the company to attract and retain talent, supports employees to do their best work, and is another way that we live out our commitment to community."

— Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, Western Union
This toolkit provides the business sector with resources and knowledge to enhance Colorado’s early childhood environment while supporting its working families.

Developing youth who are ready for post-secondary success begins early.  In fact, research shows that 80 percent of brain development happens before age five. During this time of rapid brain growth, a child's environment influences the development of his/her cognitive and emotional skills.

Early investment helps children enter school ready to learn, setting the stage for a successful academic experience and a better prepared workforce of the future.  Supporting employees with family-friendly policies and practices helps them thrive at work.

Four Ways for Businesses to


Early Childhood, Its Employees and the Community



Business support for early childhood development can:

          • Improve Colorado's future workforce.
          • Reduce employee absenteeism and tardiness.
          • Reduce employee turnover.
          • Help employers to recruit and retain the best possible employees.
          • Increase employee productivity.
          • Improve a businesses’ public image.