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Start Early Affiliates Board

The Start Early Affiliates Board (formerly known as the Ounce Affiliates Board) brings together individuals who are committed to becoming champions for early learning.

The Affiliates Board works to extend the reach of Start Early by introducing our work to members’ networks, advocating for early childhood education and creating experiences that inspire others to support the success of our youngest learners.

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How to Join

The Start Early Affiliates Board and its committees meet quarterly to advance the board’s goals: to introduce a new generation of supporters to Start Early and to benefit high-quality programs through engagement and fundraising opportunities.

Affiliates Board members:

  • Support the Start Early’s work and programs by hosting and attending fundraising events, donation drives, educational opportunities and recruitment events
  • Raise awareness of Start Early’s mission — to advance quality early learning for families with children, before birth through their earliest years, to close the opportunity gap — among their personal and professional networks
  • Learn about and advocate for Start Early’s early childhood education programs, solutions and policy initiatives

Member responsibilities include:

  • Minimum of one-year membership commitment
  • Attend and participate in quarterly board and sub-committee meetings
  • Attend and participate in the planning and execution of the Affiliate’s Board annual signature cocktail event and other Affiliates Board-sponsored activities
  • Annual member gift of $150

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Meet Our Members

Events & News

We host and participate in a number of engaging activities in Chicago to drive awareness and support for Start Early and the importance of early learning and care.

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