Who Supports Early Education?

Learn how and why all these people direct their time, money and energy to early childhood education

Annual Luncheon Speaker, 2006

Barack Obama

“The work that’s being done here for the Ounce of Prevention is a model for the nation… [Educare] has proved that at-risk children can succeed if they’re given a chance.”

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Parent and Advocate

Jhina Tabulina O'Brien

“It takes a parent, to have a voice, and to speak for your child, and be there to support them and educate them. I am the teacher of all of my kids.”

Annual Luncheon Speaker, 2015

Jackie Bezos

“For groundbreaking [early learning] science to go no further than medical journals would be a crime. This science has the potential to change behavior on a massive scale—but only if it’s shared with those who can act on it: parents, caregivers, providers. People possibly thought of as babysitters can actually build brains.”

Former Educare Parent & Ounce Donor

Trina Wade

“Educare not only takes care of the child, but also supports the family—I don’t see how you can succeed when you are struggling without having support from others. Educare taught me to be a strong advocate for my family and myself… I wanted to give back to something meaningful.”

Annual Luncheon Co-Chair, 2009

Sam Zell

“As a businessman and as an investor, I always think about risk and reward because that’s what it’s all about. I urge you all to think about the risk/reward ratio in an endeavor like the Ounce. The reward is producing and creating an opportunity for disadvantaged children to become part of our society. The risk is if we don’t do it or we fail at it, we will pay for it in the future, whether it be in unemployment benefits or incarceration costs or degradation of society.”

Former Board Member, Ounce of Prevention Fund

J.B. Pritzker

“I directly support the model of early childhood education programs that I envision being made available for all at-risk kids. What does it mean to be behind at 18 months old? A child of professional parents hears an average of 11 million words a year, where as a child of parents on welfare hears an average of only 3 million.”