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 conduct high-quality research and program evaluations that elevate the expertise of early childhood professionals and support better learning environments for all young children and their families.

Professional Development Offerings

Based on decades of experience, we have designed a portfolio of in-person and online training programs that help early childhood professionals deliver high-quality learning experiences to drive better outcomes for children and families.

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