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“If you give babies the right experiences at the right time in their development, magic happens.” — Keynote Speaker Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl
Educare Chicago parent Edna Pollard has been elected to the Local School Council for her 5-year-old’s elementary school. She sees this opportunity as a way for her to continue to advocate for her children and community—and enact change.
Do you remember when you made your first friend? It probably happened earlier than you think—long before exchanging friendship bracelets or bonding during four square on the playground and proclaiming them your first BFF.
More than 875 early childhood champions joined the Ounce to explore the effects of scarcity—as well as how quality early learning can help mitigate these effects and unlock the potential in all children.
The Ounce hosted an educational seminar to share how we are working to help develop these instrumental leaders through Lead Learn Excel™ and other initiatives.
We are excited to announce that we have expanded our Head Start grantee network to an additional high-quality early learning center serving Chicago’s south suburbs. First Step Child Care in Richton Park serves 264 young children from 6 months to 5 years old.
More than 850 early childhood champions joined the Ounce at our 14th annual luncheon on April 20, 2015. These business, civic and philanthropic leaders heard first-hand the impact early learning has on individuals, families and communities.
With greater public awareness, there is growing bipartisan support among policymakers for increasing public investment in high-quality early childhood programs.
Colorful chalk pastels and famous works of art fill the tables as Educare Chicago children—with looks of inspired concentration and messy hands—craft their own masterpieces inspired by famous artists.
Preschoolers at Educare Chicago eagerly showed off new dance moves to their parents at a performance on June 30. The group performance was the grand finale of this year’s dance program, led by Amaniyea Payne of Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago.
More than 850 early childhood champions joined the Ounce at our 13th annual luncheon on May 6, 2014. These business, civic and philanthropic leaders are united in our shared mission to help unlock the potential in all children to succeed in school and in life.
Students, families and staff at Educare Chicago recently celebrated the Howard and Sylvia Baskind Library’s first birthday. During the open house celebration, books were read aloud. Children each received a free book for their home library.
As stressors faced by children in poverty–including exposure to trauma, mental health concerns or family loss–continue to increase, it is essential that these children have the social-emotional support they need to be able to learn.
In the Ounce’s home visiting programs, coaches regularly visit teen parents to provide them with child-development information. By modeling appropriate parenting practices, home visitors help young, inexperienced parents nurture the healthy development of their children.