Learn more about the impact the Ounce has on children, families and communities.
Shalonda sought out a career path that would allow her to support and empower new mothers and children who were in most need. Click to read more about Shalonda and what being a doula means to her.
The Ounce, in partnership with PBS Kids, will pilot an innovative family engagement program in three cities in 2019, thanks to a new grant. Learn more about Launching Learners.
Jamal Poindexter, one of Educare Chicago’s first students, sat down with the Ounce to talk about how his Educare experience paved the way for academic and personal success.
Freshman Illinois House member Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II is hitting the ground running on issues impacting early childhood education. Find out more about why he champions early childhood education and what he hopes to accomplish this legislative session.
Zeporah Askia, proud parent of 3-year-old Elijah, shares how her family has been impacted by the early childhood education program at Educare Chicago.
Annie McKay is the President and CEO of Kansas Action for Children (KAC), an advocacy organization committed to improving the lives of Kansas children and families.
Meet Kevin Walsh, early education advocate who uses his story to educate parents on the early childhood services available to them and their families.
What happens when the teacher becomes the student—and has the world as her classroom?
“If you give babies the right experiences at the right time in their development, magic happens.” — Keynote Speaker Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl
The Ounce Educational Seminar helped attendees imagine what it’s like to see the world from the eyes of a child—to better understand what children need from adults.
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.