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

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Early childhood professional development training

Professional Development

Start Early’s (formerly known as the Ounce) professional development offerings help early childhood professionals build practices that transform teaching and deliver stronger child outcomes.

Teacher doing activity with studentsA well-trained and well-supported workforce is essential to the delivery of quality early learning and care opportunities for our youngest learners. Start Early’s professional development work is a critical piece of how we scale our reach and impact. By reaching and working in partnership with early childhood professionals, we can build a highly skilled workforce across our nation that delivers stronger outcomes for more children and their families.

We translate our field-tested approaches to training early childhood educators into research-validated professional development offerings. From our decades of experience supporting teachers, leaders, and home visitors across Illinois, and the nation, we have designed a portfolio of in-person and online training programs to help early childhood professionals deliver high-quality learning experiences.

We also host events and online communities, and provide toolkits and other resources for professionals to ensure anyone working in the early childhood field has access to the tools they need to support our young children and families.

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From foundational courses to intensive fellowships, Start Early’s professional development supports educators in building powerful practices that transform teaching and learning for all children.

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