Numerous public and private partners worked together to make Educare of Washington, DC, a reality. Leading the effort are three anchor funders: the Pritzker Children's Initiative, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund. They have been joined by the United Planning Organization, the key operational partner, along with the District of Columbia Public Schools, the Mayor's Office and City Council of the District of Columbia, The Sunshine Lady Foundation, and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
With its proximity to the nation's Capitol and participation in a nationwide network, Educare of Washington, DC's influence will extend far beyond the transformation of Ward 7, bringing with it a model of bipartisan support from public- and private-sector partners.
United Planning Organization
The United Planning Organization believes community action can change people's lives, and since 1962 has sought to serve the entire Washington, DC, community by helping people help themselves and each other. UPO invests in numerous community programs—most significantly in early childhood education, including its own Early Childhood Development Centers, Head Start locations and family outreach services.
Pritzker Children's Initiative
The Pritzker Children's Initiative seeks to enhance the early learning capabilities of infants and toddlers, with a special focus on at-risk children. Inspired by the early childhood development work of the late philanthropist Irving Harris and motivated by the belief that all children are born with great potential, the Children's Initiative supports policies, programs, research and advocacy that allow at-risk children to achieve better economic, educational and social outcomes.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.