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

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Programs in Illinois

Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) provides early childhood programs in Illinois that support each aspect of a child’s development, starting before birth through age 5.

Mother embracing young childThrough nearly 40 years of work, we know staring early has the biggest impact on children, families and communities. Quality early learning programs provide children with a safe, welcoming environment where they can play and learn. Our teachers and home visitors work with families to provide the academic, social and emotional preparation that infants, toddlers and preschoolers need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Start Early programs and its partners offer:

  • Quality early learning and care for young children
  • Programming and support for children with special needs
  • Caring and well-trained staff
  • Support, trainings and resources for parents and families
  • Leadership and advocacy opportunities for parents
  • Facilitation of health services like immunizations, vision, dental and hearing
  • Limited transportation assistance

Our Programs in Illinois

Learn more about our Early Head Start and Head Start programs that support each stage of a child’s development.

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