Educare grew from one school in Chicago to a powerful network serving thousands of children in schools across the country.
In 2000, Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) and the Irving Harris Foundation worked together to create Educare Chicago, an early childhood school serving around 150 children.
Three years later, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund and Start Early joined forces to expand Educare and help narrow the opportunity gap for more children living in poverty by building more schools and creating a network of early learning champions around the country.
Today, 25 Educare schools provide early learning and care to more than 4,000 infants and toddlers. Each Educare Center school partners with teachers, families and communities to set kids up for success and elevate the quality of early childhood education in America.
Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) and the Irving Harris Foundation partner to open Educare Chicago, the first Educare school
The Educare icon is created
Educare Omaha at Kellom opens
Start Early and the Buffet Early Childhood Fund partner to form the Educare Learning Network
Educare Milwaukee opens
Educare Denver, the first Educare located in a state capital, and Educare Miami-Dade open
Five schools show promising results in their first year of data
Second year of Educare data from six schools confirms dramatic first‑year findings
Educare Oklahoma City and Educare Omaha at Indian Hill open, making Oklahoma the first state and Omaha the first city with more than one Educare school
Educare Atlanta, Educare Central Maine (the first school in a rural community), Educare Kansas City, Educare Seattle and Educare Tulsa at Hawthorne open. Educare also plans for its Randomized Control Study
Educare Arizona opens
Educare Tulsa at MacArthur, Educare Washington, DC, and Educare West DuPage (the first school in a suburban community) open
Educare Lincoln and Educare New Orleans open
Educare Winnebago, the first school in a Native American community, opens
Educare Flint opens.