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

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Early Learning Programs

Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) works directly with children and families, providing quality early learning and care to ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn.

Our Program Focus

Our programs provide expecting parents, families with infants and our youngest learners with supports and care that ready children for kindergarten.

What is a doula?

Young child holding mother's pregnant bellyA doula is trained professional who helps a mother achieve her healthiest pregnancy, labor and delivery possible by providing continuous educational, emotional and physical support at all stages of pregnancy: before, during and shortly after childbirth. Doulas support and comfort mothers and help them to have a safe and memorable birthing experience. A doula is responsible for informing and educating families about the different medical interventions, comfort measures, patient rights and other topics related to childbirth and post-partum education.

What is a home visitor?

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A home visitor helps parents continue to build a strong relationship with their baby, create a safe and stimulating home environment, develop healthy eating routines for the family, and also connects families to health care resources. Parents learn activities and habits that will stimulate their child’s brain development to help them thrive.

What is quality early learning?

Teacher helping child with her writing skillsQuality early learning is proven to have a long-term, positive impact on a child’s future success in school and in life. But what does quality early learning look like? Quality early learning programs provide a safe and nurturing environment where children can play and learn. Children participate in a variety of stimulating activities, led by well-trained teachers, that support their academic, social and emotional development. Program staff work closely with families, giving them the tools and resources needed to support their child’s learning journey.

Our Work

We focus solely on the first five years — starting even before birth — to ensure we can make the biggest impact for children and families living in under-resourced communities.

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