The long-term, positive impact of high-quality early education on a child’s success in school and life is supported by decades of research and developmental science. Continuing in this tradition, the Ounce of Prevention Fund conducts 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.

We share our findings and best practices with policymakers, practitioners, and funders to provide them with the knowledge and tools to improve the quality of early childhood education.

Our research and evaluation efforts focus on the following areas:

Children’s Learning and Development

Our research on child development helps improve instructional methods and advocacy efforts that improve high-quality early childhood experiences for children and families.

Family Engagement

Our team studies and evaluates methods and tools that support family engagement both at school and at home.

Program Quality and the Workforce

We study and evaluate what it takes to support early childhood education professionals and improve organizational conditions for practitioners in the field.

Policies and Systems

We study and evaluate the policies that affect young children, their families, and the professionals that support them in the city of Chicago and nationwide.