Change the First Five Years, Change Everything

Nearly 5 million children under the age of 5 live in poverty in the U.S. and the majority don’t have access to high-quality early childhood programs that could dramatically improve their future. The first five years of a child’s life are critical for setting the foundations for lifelong health, learning and success. Together, we change the course for our youngest learners.

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Professional Development Offerings

Learn about our training and professional learning experiences, based on decades of experience and expertise in the Early Childhood Education sector. Our cutting-edge offerings, which include both in-person and online options, have been validated by comprehensive research, and are designed for ECE leaders, teachers, and home visiting professionals across the U.S. By supporting teachers and early childhood practitioners, we can positively impact our nation’s children. Get started on your professional development journey today.

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News & Updates


Spotlight on Educare Chicago Graduate

Jamal Poindexter, one of Educare Chicago’s first students, sat down with the Ounce to talk about how his Educare experience paved the way for academic and personal success.

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Early Childhood Heroes: Shalonda Carter

Shalonda sought out a career path that would allow her to support and empower new mothers in need. Read more about Shalonda and what being a doula means to her.

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Pritzker presents his proposed budget for Illinois

The governor prioritizes young children, with significant funding for early learning programs. Click to read the Ounce's full statement below.

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