At the Ounce of Prevention Fund, we help inspire what’s possible for every child, especially those born into poverty, by advocating for and providing the highest quality care and education from pregnancy to age five. We believe that inspiring, encouraging and educating children—through the very earliest relationships they form—will profoundly shape who they’ll become. We start early to unlock each child’s potential by creating schools and programs, advocating for public policies, and researching and sharing what we learn.
Educare Chicago is a state-of-the-art school that serves approximately 150 at-risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers in Chicago’s Grand Boulevard neighborhood. Launched by the Ounce of Prevention Fund in 2000, Educare works to narrow the achievement gap between at-risk children and their more advantaged peers by giving students the skills they need to succeed in school. The Educare model developed at this Chicago school has inspired the creation of other Educare Schools in the Educare Learning Network.
The mission of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) is to create knowledge to produce reliably excellent urban schooling. UEI is comprised of four components: UChicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, UChicago Urban Teacher Education Program, UChicago Impact, and the four campuses of the UChicago Charter School. Taken as a whole, UEI represents a model for how higher education institutions can engage systematically in the improvement of pre-K–12th grade schooling. The meaningful intersection of applied and scholarly research, teacher education, the operation of exemplary schools, and creation and dissemination of tools and solutions that are research- based and practice-proven provides the opportunity to improve American schooling nationwide. No other institution in the country joins these domains of work and depth of expertise under a single roof, enabling UEI to make lasting and significant changes to the quality of American education.
The University of Chicago Charter School is a neighborhood charter school on the South Side of Chicago, operated by the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute. Comprised of four campuses spanning all grades from early childhood through high school, UChicago Charter is a PreK to 12 superhighway that empowers students to RISE to excellence at every level, cultivating critical thinkers and leaders for success in college and in life.