Set the Course for Your Child's Success

You are your child’s first teacher, primary nurturer and lifelong champion.

The strong relationship you build with your child is the foundation for a life of success. Early childhood experts at the Ounce have decades of experience helping children and families get the strongest start possible.

Quality in Early Childhood Education

What does quality look like in early learning? As you evaluate early childhood programs for your children, or seek out teaching behaviors to model at home, our experts can guide you in identifying the hallmarks of quality. Check out our checklists, videos and more.

Activities from the Experts

Children learn best by engaging with those around them in meaningful ways. Try these recommended activities to help your child build the social-emotional and academic skills needed to be ready for school.

Resources from the Experts

The Ounce has written a series of articles and tips to help parents and families ensure that children are excited and ready for a quality child care program, preschool or kindergarten.

Our Mission

The Ounce of Prevention Fund gives children in poverty the best chance for success in school and in life by advocating for and providing the highest quality care and education from birth to age five.

See why we believe early childhood education is key to building stronger communities, states and our nation: