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

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Who We Are

Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) is a champion for early learning and care from a child’s very first moments, so every child has the opportunity to thrive in school and life.

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What Shapes Us

Our desire to close the opportunity gap and create more equitable experiences for our youngest learners guides everything we do. Learn more about the mission, vision and values that drive us.

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Our Leadership

Our leadership team and Board of Directors are champions for early learning and bring a diverse range of experience and backgrounds together to ensure we’re taking an innovative and thoughtful approach to our work. Get to know our team.

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Our Partners

Our Supporters

Since our founding in 1982 as a public-private partnership, Start Early has always believed we have greater impact when we come together — across sectors, across disciplines and across communities.

Our Partners

Connecting Communities

We bring community efforts and national networks together to foster innovation and create a stronger early childhood movement.

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