Ready to Learn

Resources and tips to help your children prepare for a life of learning

Tackling Tough Topics with Your Little One: Violence

In this series, Ounce early learning experts give parents helpful advice as well as tips to navigate discussing difficult topics such as violence, racism and loss with your children.

Early Math is More Than Numbers

“1…2…3…” you say as you count your baby’s toys for them. Though she can’t solve equations, or even speak yet, with each number she hears, she is building early math and language skills.

Grow Their Excitement for Learning

Four tips to introduce the basics of gardening, nature and healthy vegetables to get your child excited about learning.

7 Books for Teaching Young Children how to be Great Leaders

Here are some books that will help young children build the traits and skills that will set them on the path to becoming courageous, compassionate and positive leaders.

Make Learning a Slam Dunk

Sports hold an iconic place in our lives, and they play an equally important role in helping children’s development in the early years. Here are tips to make learning fun while playing sports.

STEM Education for Toddlers?

Much of the STEM conversation focuses on improvements in the middle and high school years. But we can begin building science, technology, engineering and math skills much earlier than that—as soon as a child starts speaking.

Playing—and Learning—in the Great Indoors

Looking for fun indoor activities to do with your child? Find out how to make learning a rich experience even when the weather is bad.

Parenting Starts Even Before Your Baby is Born

Four tips to help you create a healthy prenatal environment to give your baby the best start.

Moments Lead to Greatness

Moments build relationships, relationships fuel kid’s development and growth. Tips to make them matter.

Building the Foundation for Healthy Relationships

Five easy tips to help teach your child to be kind and attentive to his own feelings and the feelings of others.

New School, New Classroom, New Emotions: Help Your Child Cope

Here are four simple ways you can integrate learning about emotions into your day-to-day life.

The Importance of Starting Early

Babies are born learning. The development that occurs in the first days, months and years of a child’s life shape her future—make them count!

Find an Early Learning Program in Illinois

Give your child the best start with a high-quality early learning program

Preparing Infants and Toddlers for New Child Care Settings

Some advice from Ounce and Educare Chicago experts on how you can prepare your infant or toddler for her new environment

Ready for Preschool

12 tips to prepare your 3- or 4-year-old child

Ready for Kindergarten

10 tips to prepare for the big day

Early Literacy Tips

Reading together is one of the best gifts you can give to a child. Check out our early literacy tips to learn how to help your child develop a habit of reading.

Reading About School

12 books recommended for kindergarteners and preschoolers

Coping With Separation Anxiety in Children

Tips for both parents and teachers

Friday Facts

Every week via our social media accounts, the Ounce posts #FridayFact images. You can see the entire series on our Pinterest board.