High Quality Early Learning and Development

Pritzker Children’s Initiative supports programs that promote high quality early learning and development.

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Ounce of Prevention

For over 30 years, the Ounce of Prevention Fund has worked to ensure that all children have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life. Multi-year support from PCI allows the Ounce of Prevention Fund to launch the national expansion of the Lead Learn Excel professional development model for early childhood educators; the development and testing of the Five Essentials Measurement System for Early Education; the creation of the Parenting Trajectory to measure the development of parenting skills; and the convening of the National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting.


Erikson Institute

Since 1966, the Erikson Institute has responded to the critical need for early childhood professionals to staff the nation’s expanding programs for young children. Today, the Erikson Institute has become the premier private graduate school and research center in child development. In 2014, the Institute’s Early Math Collaborative began to explore the topic of math for infants and toddlers to determine whether intervention in a child’s youngest years could help better prepare children for kindergarten. A grant from PCI supports Mathematics All Around Me, a three-year project to build on promising research and concepts and pilot professional development for child care center staff that brings those concepts into the classroom.