In addition to providing our own Early Head Start and Head Start programs, Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) partners with local community-based agencies to deliver comprehensive supports —including early learning, nutrition, family services, health services and wellness services — that address the immediate needs of families, while also helping them plan for future success.
By participating in one of our community-based agency programs, you will have access to:
- Social and emotional learning: A safe and nurturing early learning environment that promotes cooperation, collaboration, and social development in children.
- Family support services: An assigned family support specialist who assists you with identifying and accessing medical and dental homes, ensuring your child is up-to-date on their health and immunization requirements, developing parent-child goals and providing you community resources and referrals to support your goals.
- Diverse learner assistance and support: Guidance for navigating the eligibility requirements for Early Intervention in the Chicago Public Schools.
- Leadership development and engagement: Opportunities to take on leadership roles in Parent Committees and a Policy Council.