Professional Development Offerings

The Ounce of Prevention Fund is committed to building a highly-skilled early childhood workforce capable of improving outcomes for children across the nation.

We translate our field-tested approaches to training early childhood educators into research-validated professional development offerings. From our decades of experience supporting teachers, leaders, and home visitors across Illinois, and the nation, 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.

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Early Education Essentials

Early Education Essentials is a breakthrough new measurement system focusing on organizational conditions in early childhood education settings. Early Education Essentials offers early education leaders the following supports to measure the health of their program: teacher/staff and parent surveys, interactive survey reports, and data-use and improvement tools. This system helps leaders and staff work together to identify both short- and longer-term solutions for improving practices and increasing children’s early achievement.

Lead Learn Excel

Lead Learn Excel is an innovative approach to on-the-job learning that empowers early childhood leaders to create systems and routines that lead to high-quality instruction. Through Lead Learn Excel, leaders can transform their organizations into effective, high-performing programs that prepare children for kindergarten and beyond. Early childhood education leaders will learn how to use data for shared decision-making, and how to facilitate ongoing professional development with teachers through team lesson planning and peer learning communities.

Achieve OnDemand

Achieve OnDemand offers home visitors and supervisors nationwide a comprehensive online professional development resource. This unique program incorporates real-life experiences and practical solutions applicable to both newly hired and more experienced home visiting professionals. Achieve OnDemand trainings are based on decades of home visiting experience and consultation to address the most pressing needs across the home visiting field. By connecting our home visiting experts with state/system leaders, we support the customization of professional development experiences to best meet the needs and goals of programs and staff.

Educare Best Practices Training

Educare Best Practices Training is a flexible early childhood professional development program that helps practitioners develop their knowledge, behavior and practices to meet the increasingly rigorous quality standards in early education. Educare, a leader in high-quality early childhood education, is offering this professional development series to provide practical instruction to center-based and school-based programs on how to improve program practice and ultimately delivery stronger outcomes for children and families.

Training and TA in Illinois

The Ounce of Prevention Fund provides training and professional learning experiences to more than 250 agencies across Illinois. Our teams help organizations build capacity to successfully operate a home visiting, doula, center-based or Early Head Start/Head Start program. We emphasize the importance of building competencies and of full implementation of program models, and create solutions to meet the ongoing challenges of operations, staffing, supervision, and funding.

The Ounce professional development offerings are now accredited by IACET. Learn more >>