What We Do

We’re experts in bringing the latest early learning research into practice: with policy, in classrooms, and with parents and professionals

What makes the Ounce a leader in early childhood education is our holistic approach, incorporating research, practice, professional development and policy. We foster collaboration and innovation within our organization, and with our partners, to give families the support they need—and which has been proven to work.


In schools, centers, and homes, the Ounce delivers programs and models proven to help young children


We use data and evaluation to continuously improve our programs and services, and the entire field

Professional Development Offerings

We provide professional learning in-person and online to home visitors, supervisors, and instructional leaders across the country

Policy and Advocacy

With policy teams focused on Illinois, 20 partner states, local districts, and the federal level, the Ounce has early learning covered from coast to coast