The largest gift ever to the organization will enable it to scale its programs and trainings in support of children’s development, especially during their formative learning years, by strengthening the capacity and skills of early learning professionals; equipping parents with tools and supports to become leaders of their families and communities; and advancing quality learning policies. A longtime supporter of childhood education, Helen Zell has served on the organization’s board of directors since 1996 and led its first capital campaign.
"This is a watershed moment for the Ounce. The Zells' consistent support and the Zell Family Foundation's generosity will allow us to help launch brighter futures for the six million young children living in poverty across the country," said Ounce of Prevention Fund vice president Barbara Hoffman. "By continuing to focus on research-based program innovations, pioneering professional development models, and helping policy makers and education leaders realize the full potential of quality early learning, the Ounce is well positioned with this investment to make a concrete difference in our nation’s most important resource — its children."