EIN 36-3186328

Start Early

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Start Early advances quality early learning, connecting early childhood professionals with tools and knowledge to deliver strong child outcomes through its Quality, Solutions, and Impact programs. Additionally, it provides high-quality early childhood services for low-income children and their families as well as services to pregnant women through a network of Early Head Start and Head Start programs. Its mission is to close the opportunity gap in the earliest years of life.
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Program areas at Start Early

Start Early provides high-quality early childhood services for low-income children, birth to age five, and their families as well as services to pregnant women, through a multi-site network of Early Head Start and Head Start directly-operated programs, and partner and delegate agencies, in high-needs communities throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs. In fiscal year 2022, Start Early directly operated two programs at the Educare Chicago school and one program (Healthy Parents and Babies) at 33 W Monroe Street, and subcontracted with ten agencies at 17 geographically and racially-diverse sites, serving more than 2,200 young children, pregnant women, and their families.
See Schedule OThe national policy team and Educare learning network (ELN) extend the impact of Start Early's extensive early childhood knowledge and expertise in states across the country through consultation and technical assistance on program, public policy and systems work; research and evaluation; organizational capacity building; and philanthropic engagement strategies. The ELN is a multi-state collective of Educare schools that provides and promotes high-quality, outcomes-based learning environments for vulnerable children, birth to five, and their families. The ELN also shares expertise with educators, researchers and policymakers so they can strengthen their own communities. An avenue used to share expertise is through the Essential Practices of Educare training, which is a professional development series that provides practical instruction to make it easier for center- and school-based program leaders, teachers and family engagement staff to focus their time and resources on cross-cutting practices that lead to improvement at the individual child, classroom and program levels. Start Early Consulting provides consulting services in an effort to offer our decades of experience and research in early childhood programming to benefit as many children and families as possible. We offer consulting services and deep early childhood expertise to local and state early childhood government leaders and advocates seeking to build high-quality, equitable systems.sult in improved classroom quality and outcomes for children.
Start Early's Home Visiting and Doula Network annually reaches approximately 1,900 at-risk young children, pregnant women, and their families through our statewide network of home visiting and Doula services. Home Visiting and Doula Network conducts specialized training and technical assistance for 200 early childhood professionals working in 28 community agencies across Chicago and throughout Illinois.
The Quality, Solutions, and Impact programs connect early childhood professionals with the tools and knowledge they need to deliver strong child outcomes. Our portfolio of solutions translates field-tested approaches to training early childhood educations into research-validated professional development offerings. From our decades of experience supporting teachers, leaders, and home visitors across Illinois, and the nation, we have designed a portfolio of in-person and online training programs to help early childhood professionals deliver high-quality learning experiences. The Essential 0-5 Survey (formerly known as Early Education Essentials) is an evidence-based measurement system that acts as a catalyst for program improvement delivering transformative results among staff, families, and children. The Essential Fellowship (formerly known as Lead Learn Excel) is an individualized, immersive training experience for early educational leaders. The Essential Practices of Educare (formerly known as Educare Best Practices Training) pass on the knowledge and practices from Educare's best-in-class early childhood programs to educators and communities across the country.
Professional Learning Network & Washington State
First Five Years Fund
Illinois Policy Team
Knowledge Navigator
Research-Practice Partnership
Early Learning Lab
National Center
Every Child Ready Chicago
Learning Hub

Grants made by Start Early

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS)Comm Based Family Services$2,737,144
El Hogar Del NinoHs/ehs Program$2,340,453
St Vincent de Paul CenterComm Based Family Services$2,168,327
...and 43 more grants made totalling $26,734,860

Who funds Start Early

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund (GSPF)Community & Human Services$5,552,000
Blue Meridian PartnersTo Support Education Investments$4,000,000
Buffett Early Childhood FundEducare Learning Network Support, First Five Years Fund Support, and Annual Luncheon Support$3,760,000
...and 103 more grants received totalling $29,547,632

Personnel at Start Early

Michael HoffmanChief Operating Officer$309,395
Donna IwanskiChief Financial Officer / Vice President , Finance$266,987
Johanna VetterChief Advancement Officer$273,000
Rebecca BerlinChief Learning Officer / Senior Vice President , Quality , Solutions and Impact$290,073
April WozniakVice President , Development / Director , Development$194,709
...and 12 more key personnel

Financials for Start Early

RevenuesFYE 06/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$85,958,347
Program services$1,854,845
Investment income and dividends$925,172
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$3,243,687
Net income from fundraising events$-8,390
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$113,412
Total revenues$92,087,073

Form 990s for Start Early

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-062023-05-03990View PDF
2021-062022-05-13990View PDF
2020-062022-05-17990View PDF
2019-062020-09-29990View PDF
2018-062019-07-23990View PDF
...and 8 more Form 990s

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Data update history
February 4, 2024
Received grants
Identified 65 new grant, including a grant for $2,500,000 from Comic Relief US (AGB)
October 26, 2023
Received grants
Identified 6 new grant, including a grant for $4,000,000 from Blue Meridian Partners
August 19, 2023
Received grants
Identified 94 new grant, including a grant for $3,760,000 from Buffett Early Childhood Fund
August 12, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
July 13, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 15 new vendors, including , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and
Nonprofit Types
SchoolsEducational service providersYouth service charitiesHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
EducationHuman servicesChildren
Political advocacyLobbyingFundraising eventsReceives government fundingEndowed supportTax deductible donations
General information
33 W Monroe Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60603
Metro area
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
Cook County, IL
Website URL
(312) 922-3863
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
Fiscal year end
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
B90: Educational Services
NAICS code, primary
624110: Child and Youth Services
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