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The Ounce
Annual Luncheon

The Ounce will bring together more than 800 business, civic and philanthropic leaders for the Ounce Annual Luncheon, April 10. Attendees and sponsors help us raise awareness of the challenges facing young children living in poverty. Less than half of low-income children have access to high-quality early childhood programs and education that could dramatically improve their opportunities for a better future. Join us in support of our youngest learners.

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Professional Development Offerings

Learn about our training and professional learning experiences, based on decades of experience and expertise in the Early Childhood Education sector. Our cutting-edge offerings, which include both in-person and online options, have been validated by comprehensive research, and are designed for ECE leaders, teachers, and home visiting professionals across the U.S. By supporting teachers and early childhood practitioners, we can positively impact our nation’s children. Get started on your professional development journey today.

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News & Updates


Early Childhood Advocacy Day

Take action to express the importance of early childhood programs to lawmakers and promote increased opportunities for our youngest learners. Participate in person or virtually!

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Early Childhood Hero: Zeporah Askia

Zeporah Askia, proud parent of 3-year-old Elijah, shares how her family has been impacted by the early childhood education program at Educare Chicago.

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Pritzker presents his proposed budget for Illinois

The governor prioritizes young children, with significant funding for early learning programs. Click to read the Ounce's full statement below.

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