JB Pritzker speaking at the Eudcare of Washington, DC groundbreaking on March 15, 2011
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Buffett Early Childhood Fund

Established in 2005, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund is committed to establishing a more level playing field for all children as they enter kindergarten - a goal that should be a given in any society that values equal opportunity.

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DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative

DCPNI seeks to increase the number of children in Parkside-Kenilworth who complete a cradle-to-college education and enter adulthood as productive participants in the 21st century economy and the civic life of Ward 7.


-->Educare Learning Network logoEducare is one of the nation’s most effective early childhood schools. Our coast-to-coast network makes certain that financially disadvantaged young children have the best possible chance for success in life. Our approach extends beyond the classroom to help children, families and communities thrive. Educare Washington, DC, is the 14th school in the Educare network.

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Ounce of Prevention Fund

The Ounce of Prevention Fund gives children in poverty the best chance for success in school and in life by advocating for and providing the highest quality care and education from birth to age five. The Ounce reaches thousands of infants, toddlers and preschoolers through its programs, training, evaluation and advocacy efforts each year.

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