A New Name for a New Reality: The Ounce is Now Start Early Read More

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Why Support
Start Early

Inequality starts at birth, and the impact lasts a lifetime. This is why we’re committed to advancing quality early learning for children and families from before birth through their earliest years.

Where Your Giving Goes

Fiscal Year 2019 Overhead

With a nearly 40-year track record, we are able to continue our critical work thanks to the support from generous donors like you, as well as corporate partners, foundations and other state and federal funders. Each past and future gift allows us to transform the lives of our youngest learners through quality early learning and care programs across the country.

How We Raise and Use Funds

Charity Ratings

As a nonprofit that serves Chicago and communities across our country, Start Early is proud to have received the highest rankings from the nation’s most reputable charity evaluators.

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Our Work

Your Gift Helps Us...

Impact in Action

Learn more about how your gift allows us to best support children, families, early childhood professionals and others as we improve the state of early childhood education in America. 

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