The Ounce of Prevention Fund developed the first Educare school in 2000 in Chicago to prepare low-income children for success in school and life. In 2003, the Ounce and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund created the Educare Learning Network to launch Educare schools across the country.
Each Educare school provides quality care and early education to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. Science shows that early, quality intervention is needed to narrow the academic achievement gap for students in high-risk communities.
- a research-based Program that prepares young, at-risk children for school;
- a specially designed Place that nurtures early learning and sends a bold message about the value of investing in the first five years;
- an innovative Partnership between the public and private sectors to create a more efficient, more effective early learning program; and
- a compelling Platform to drive change among policymakers, business leaders and early childhood providers by showing what quality early learning looks like.