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

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Our Impact

By starting early, we can close the opportunity gap for the 5 million children under age 5 living in under-resourced communities in the United States. Thanks to your support, every day, more children are reaching their full potential.

Our Reach

Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) applies our deep expertise across program, policy and research to optimize and scale our work. Our comprehensive approach allows us to create impact for the greatest number of children, families and educators.

  • We directly deliver quality programs that support the healthy development of children and parents.
  • We develop and deploy program, policy, and research innovations that build a stronger early childhood workforce and enable policymakers to build equitable systems.
  • We connect communities to share knowledge and accelerate progress.
We reached more than 202,000 children, families and early childhood professionals last fiscal year.

Through this work, we reached more than 202,000 children, families and early childhood professionals last fiscal year.

Our intensive policy and advocacy consultation enabled policymakers in seven states to build more equitable systems for nearly 2.3 million children between the ages of 0-5.

Our intensive policy and advocacy consultation enabled policymakers in seven states to build more equitable systems for nearly 2.3 million children between the ages of 0-5.

We connected over 2,300 early childhood system leaders with the knowledge they need to accelerate progress in 49 states and Washington, D.C.

We connected over 2,300 early childhood system leaders with the knowledge they need to accelerate progress in 49 states and Washington, D.C.

How We Measure Our Impact

To ensure our comprehensive approach to improving early learning and care is working, we track what matters. We monitor how many children, families and early childhood professionals we are reaching, but we also look at the quality of the outcomes that result from our work. This approach is at the core of everything we do and how we improve outcomes for children, families and communities.

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Our Impact in Action

Learn more about how we’re supporting children, families, early childhood professionals and others as we improve the state of early learning in America.

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