Stories from the Ounce

Learn more about the impact the Ounce has on children, families and communities.

Educare Chicago parent advocate elected to local school council

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.

Happy National Best Friends Day, friends!

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.

Strong early childhood programs start with building strong leaders

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.

Welcome to the Ounce family, First Step Child Care

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.

Early learning impact stories shared at Annual Luncheon

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.

Educational Seminar highlights bipartisan support of early childhood education

With greater public awareness, there is growing bipartisan support among policymakers for increasing public investment in high-quality early childhood programs.

Educare Chicago children learn art from the masters

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.

Educare Chicago children express themselves through dance

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.

Civic, corporate and military leaders unite in support of early learning

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.

Baskind Library first anniversary

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.

Winter Ed Seminar explores importance of social-emotional learning

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.

Ounce home visiting program gives young mom confidence to succeed

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.