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

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Professional Development

Building thriving organizations that create positive staff, family and child outcomes.

Start Early Professional Development

Team-driven. Targeted. Transforming. Our portfolio of professional development solutions builds a capable, confident early childhood workforce. Discover the resources that are right for you!

Start Early’s (formerly known as the Ounce) research shows that children, families and staff thrive when organizations invest in teams. Our unique portfolio of professional development solutions shifts the focus from individual practice and behaviors and onto the organization-wide conditions that research shows are most important in driving positive child outcomes.

Instead of focusing solely on an individual’s skills and abilities, we emphasize an organization’s culture, engagement, and leadership through The Start Early Essentials.

The Start Early Essentials

Start Early’s professional development is rooted in an evidence-based framework of essential conditions that, when strong, most directly impact children’s long-term success. Our courses, tools, and processes are designed to build program strength in these key areas.

The Start Early Essentials

Developed in partnership with the University of Chicago, The Start Early Essentials can be measured in birth through pre-K programs through the lens of teacher and family perspectives — providing a targeted roadmap for program improvement.

Research Behind The Start Early Essentials

The Start Early Essentials in Action

How do early childhood educators work with The Start Early Essentials to improve child outcomes? Take a look at the four stages of The Start Early Essentials in action.

The Start Early Essentials in Action

  1. Start Early professional development starts by focusing on the leader as the catalyst for action within a program.
  2. We teach leaders how to leverage and facilitate evidence-based cycles of collaboration that help teams become stronger in the areas most critical for positive child outcomes. The more teams collaborate to solve problems of practice, the more they strengthen each of The Start Early Essentials…
  3. …and increase educator well-being at the same time. As this cyclical process becomes rooted in daily routines, the overall effectiveness of the early childhood program improves.
  4. And when each of these areas within a program thrive, children and families do too.