For more than two decades, the Ounce of Prevention Fund has been a leader in developing, innovating, and advancing high-quality, birth-to-five programs.
We serve 4,000 children and families through Early Head Start and Head Start programs we fund and operate in Chicago, as well as through our network of home-visiting and doula programs throughout Illinois. Our innovative programs incorporate the latest research with proven service models to narrow the academic achievement gap faced by many vulnerable children.
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.
In our evidence-based home visiting programs, parent coaches provide child-development and parenting information to help teen parents create safe, stimulating home environments; model positive and language-rich relationships; and ensure families are connected to medical, dental, mental-health, and other supports.
As one of only three federal Early Head Start and Head Start grant recipients in the Chicago area, the Ounce of Prevention Fund provides high-quality child care and birth-to-five services to 1,341 children through partnerships with seven community agencies.
Every year, doulas trained by the Ounce of Prevention Fund help usher in a healthy start for nearly 1,000 babies. Our network of community-based doula programs at 20 sites throughout Illinois is the first in the country to serve teen parents and to be publicly funded.