Educare Chicago

Partnering with parents to help children succeed

Childcare and education program on Chicago's South Side

Educare Chicago is a state-of-the-art early childhood school that serves low-income infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families in Chicago’s Grand Boulevard neighborhood.

The state-of-the-art school provides high-quality care and education, and a stimulating learning environment to children from birth to five years old. Our comprehensive early childhood care and education program incorporates what science says young children need to flourish.

Educare Chicago knows that parents are instrumental to their children’s success. We partner with parents to build strong bonds with their children, better understand their children’s developmental needs and connect them to resources to pursue their own goals.

Created by the Ounce in 2000, Educare Chicago inspired the development of other Educare schools across the country.

We continually evaluate our Educare school to improve the program, spur innovation, and ensure we are truly making a difference in children’s lives. Learn more about our research and evaluation initiatives.

Educare Chicago has been featured in, PBS NewsHour and Education Week.

The Ounce of Prevention Fund, Educare Chicago and the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute partnered in 2009 to develop a model of public education based on a birth-to-college pathway to close the achievement gap for children living in poverty. The goal of the Birth-to-College Collaborative is to provide families with access to a seamless birth-to-18 high-quality school experience that helps their children develop the skills necessary for success in school and in life. The Birth-to-College Collaborative Toolkit shares our learnings in a series of alignment implementation guides and resources aimed at program and school leaders, and teachers and family support staff.