Why support the Ounce?

Science tells us that a child’s first five years of life is the most critical period for brain development. And yet, fewer than half of low-income children in America have access to high-quality early learning programs that can change the trajectory of their lives beyond childhood.

This is why, for nearly 40 years, the Ounce of Prevention Fund has been committed to advocating for and providing high-quality care and education to children—particularly those living in poverty— during their first five years of life.

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How we are funded

We raise money for our critical work thanks to support from generous donors like you. We also receive money from corporate partners, foundations and other supporters – including state and federal funders, which allow us to scale proven solutions across the country.

Read more about how we raise and spend money in our annual year in review.

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Where your giving goes

The Ounce is the leading early childhood development organization – putting theory into practice through a multidisciplinary approach embedded in research, policy and practice.

Your gift gives us the ability to:

Deliver and support best-in-class programs for children and families from before birth through age 5.

Educate and activate local, state and federal decision-makers to make our systems work for all families.

Build the evidence-base for high-quality early childhood experiences through rigorous evaluation and research.

Innovate and scale solutions that train and develop the early childhood workforce.

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See your impact in action

Meet Zeporah

Zeporah came to the Ounce with nowhere else to turn. She was working part-time, raising her infant son Elijah, going to law school — and she was exhausted. Add to that, Eli was diagnosed with developmental delays, and her concern for her son’s future grew to be almost unbearable.

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Charitable Ratings

The Ounce is proud to have received the highest rankings from the nation’s most reputable charity evaluators. Learn more about our charitable ratings, or view our financial information.


Become a champion for young children

When you give to the Ounce, you’re helping ensure that children in under-served communities have the best chance for success in school and in life.

Your donation helps provide family engagement services that prepare new families for parenthood and high-quality early childhood programming to best prepare our youngest learners for kindergarten and beyond.

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