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

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Policy & Advocacy

At Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce), policy and advocacy are integral parts of our mission to ensure young children and their families have access to quality, equitable early learning and care.

Priority Areas

Our goal is to create effective, equitable and interconnected educational opportunities for our youngest learners and their families. We do that by advocating for robust policies and programs that prioritize and provide prenatal care, early learning, early intervention and other health and family supports.

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Supporting Children & Families

Our advisory and advocacy efforts are focused on promoting and enhancing the policies and systems that support increasing access and quality of early learning and care opportunities that promote healthy development for young children.

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Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce

Our policy and advocacy work supports states across the country so they can establish a qualified, culturally diverse, multilingual and stable early learning and care workforce.

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Advocating for Change

By working to mobilize local, state and federal investments in support of early care, health and education, our policy teams help ensure that critical funding is protected and that programs and services are able to sustain and grow the number of children and families they serve.

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Connecting Communities

We work in partnership with other organizations, peers and advocates to create stronger and better-coordinated early childhood systems.

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Our Work

Building on our expertise from decades of grassroots advocacy in Illinois, we work at local, state and federal levels with advocates, government systems, program leaders and other partners in the field.

Build It Back Better

Start Early is partnering with early childhood stakeholders nationwide to identify the critical questions that systems and services must ask as we rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Policy & Advocacy

Resources & News

Learn more about our work, access relevant resources and learn how to get involved below.