Help Our Youngest Learners Thrive

You can help ensure our most vulnerable children don’t fall further behind due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A child’s earliest years – from birth to age 5 – are the most important when it comes to setting the foundation for a lifetime of learning and success. This window is short, and we can’t get it back once it’s gone.

Just $20/month helps provide more children living in under-resourced communities with quality early learning experiences, helps reach more early childhood educators with training, and helps ensure our country’s policies are putting families first.

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Our Policy Resources

We are working to ensure state and federal policies support families, providers and programs affected by this crisis by providing counsel and support to state leaders and governments and mobilizing our network of advocacy organizations with the latest information and opportunities for action. Learn More.

Policy Resources and Recommendations

Policy recommendations, helpful information and resources curated by the Ounce for families, partners and providers affected by the COVID-19 health crisis.

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Ounce and Partners Launch Initiative to Rebuild Early Childhood System

Build It Back Better is an effort to gather a variety of relevant perspectives on how to best rebuild the early childhood system post-COVID-19 to be stronger and more comprehensive, equitable and sustainable.

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New National Campaign: Child Care Relief Aims to Stabilize and Rebuild America’s Child Care System

The Ounce joins forces with leading child care organizations across the country in launching the Child Care Relief campaign, which will work to secure critical relief from Congress in response to the COVID-19 recovery effort.

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Early Childhood Connector

Over the course of the last year, the Ounce has worked with a group of early childhood organizations, community leaders and experts to design a shared online community – the Early Childhood Connector – for our field to connect and share, in real-time, the great work the early childhood community is doing. While this platform will ultimately become a broader knowledge-sharing community for the early childhood field – the ECConnector has launched early to facilitate a more collaborative response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Join today so we can all work more efficiently to respond to the urgent needs facing our families and children!

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Our Parent Resources

The Ounce is working to help families feel equipped to continue supporting their children’s healthy growth by providing developmentally appropriate activities during this difficult time.

Resources and Educational Tools

Educational activities and resources from the Ounce and its partners to provide easy and engaging education experiences at home.

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From Our Classroom to Yours

Early learning activities created by our team of experts to enhance your child’s learning during each stage of their development.

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Resources from the Experts

Activities created by our team of experts to do with your child at home and tips to help prepare them for a life of learning.

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Our Impact

Supporting Chicago Families

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the country, the health and well-being of the children and families in the Ounce’s early childhood programs in Chicago remain our top priority. Since early March, the Ounce has been focused on providing our families with the supports needed to navigate this unprecedented time.

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