Ounce Program Offers Support to Incarcerated Mothers
The Ounce is leading the way to highlight the pervasive problem of providing high-quality prenatal care for pregnant women in Cook County Jail. Mark Valentine, director of the Illinois Birth to Three Institute, spoke with The Atlantic about the efforts the Ounce and other nonprofits have taken to highlight this issue. Read the full story here.
The Ounce Applauds New Family Connects Chicago Pilot Program
Joining Peoria and Stephenson counties, the city of Chicago announced a new Family Connects program, taking a first step to ensuring every new baby and mother receives a home visit from a nurse. Learn more about the benefits of Family Connects and Chicago’s new program.
Ounce President addresses the importance of early childhood education
In a recent Crain’s Chicago Business article, Diana Rauner discusses how disproportionate funding impacts our youngest children, especially in under-served communities. Learn why we need to treat early education funding as a “must-have,” not a “nice-to-have” and support it accordingly.
The Ounce becomes an IACET provider
The Ounce receives IACET accreditation for its professional development trainings. Learn more about how the Ounce is building expertise and scaling its impact in the field.
The Ounce talks about preschool expulsion
Although there’s been huge strides to address preschool expulsion, it somehow still happens. NBC News, working a story on the subject, spoke with Ireta Gasner, vice president of Illinois policy. Read the full story and what she had to say here.
The Ounce comments on the risk young children face
The Chicago Tribune speaks with Karen Berman, director of Illinois policy about the Illinois Risk and Reach Report distributed by the Erikson Institute. Read here for more.
The Ounce recaps the latest developments on the FY20 budget from Springfield, IL
Our Illinois policy team shares some of the wins for early childhood in the state! Read our recap here.
A perspective on newly released early childhood research
The latest study released by Professor Heckman has significant implications for the early childhood field. Hear more from our President about this new research and why it matters.
Annual Luncheon brings Chicago leaders together
The Ounce Annual Luncheon’s media sponsor Better shares a wonderful piece highlighting the record-breaking $1.3 million raised for early childhood education and programs! Read the story here.
Mayor-Elect Lightfoot transition includes a member of the Ounce’s Illinois Policy Team
As Lightfoot sets the foundation for a new administration, Illinois Policy Manager Sandy DeLeon joins the Transition Committee, lending a voice on pressing education matters. Read the memos here.
Ounce Annual Luncheon keynote speaker, Anna Deavere Smith, speaks to the Chicago Tribune
The actor and playwright highlights new projects and her presentation at the 2019 luncheon. Read the story here.
Early Childhood Advocates stop in Springfield to get their voices heard
Following Early Childhood Advocacy Day (ECAD), the Ounce’s Ireta Gasner and Samir Tanna with Illinois Action for Children speak to NPR Illinois about necessary funding for early childhood programs. Read the story here.
Expansion of Universal Pre-K is back in the news with commentary from the Ounce
Ireta Gasner, vice president of Illinois policy praises the added support for Universal Pre-K but points out some of its realities. Read the story here.
Crain’s Chicago Business interviews Diana Rauner as she looks to the future
Reporter Lisa Bertagnoli checks in on the Ounce before the Annual Luncheon. Read the story here.
The Ounce offers some perspective about the rollout of Universal Pre-K
Claire Dunham, senior vice president of programs and training and Karen Berman, Illinois policy director share their thoughts with Chalkbeat Chicago. Read the story here.
The Ounce comments on early childhood spending in Illinois
Illinois policy manager Jonathan Doster offers a point of view on the state’s proposed budget. Read the story here.
Early Education Essentials receives industry recognition
The quantitative validation study for Early Education Essentials was published in the academic journal, Early Education and Development. Visit the Early Education and Development website.
Download the latest FFYF Research Summary Handout
A new national poll conducted for the First Five Years Fund by the bipartisan team of Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates shows that early childhood education continues to be a national priority for Americans, regardless of party. Download the whitepaper here.
The Ounce of Prevention Fund stands with hundreds of social justice organizations calling for the immediate end to the Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy
The Ounce is a proud supporter of this important call to action. The separation of children—especially young children—from their parents and caregivers creates severe, lasting trauma for children that will impact them throughout their lives. Download the Children’s Defense Fund Joint Action Letter here.