The Leadership Partners in the project are a network of community stakeholders and visionary leaders collaborating to support healthy development for children. These partners are committed by contract and are jointly involved with the ongoing operations of Educare West DuPage.
Gustafson Family Foundation is the lead philanthropist for Educare West DuPage, and is committed to long-term support and joint governance of the organization. Led by president Al Gustafson with a vision to strengthen early education for at-risk children in the western Chicago suburbs, the Foundation has committed $2 million dollars of capital funding in addition to pledging significant annual funds for ongoing operating expenses. foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/gustafson/
West Chicago Elementary District 33 serves 3,800 children, about half of whom are from low-income, non-English-speaking homes. West Chicago Elementary District 33 donates the land and helps finance a portion of ongoing maintenance and operations for Educare West DuPage, as well as providing significant operating funding through its Early Childhood Block Grant from the Illinois State Board of Education. http://www.wego33.org/ 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. http://www.theounce.org
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 http://www.buffettearlychildhoodfund.org