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Early Childhood Education

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Browse through our schools and find the right school for you and your family. Visit a school's website to fill out an interest form or contact them directly. 

Learn why Early Childhood Education is important. 

Learn more about financial aid opportunities.

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Requirements for Early Childhood Education at our schools.

Strong Foundation

Early childhood education results in stronger families and significantly contributed to upward mobility in the next generation. In addition, 85% of brain growth and development happens in the first 5 years of life. Big Shoulders Fund schools prepare their students with values-based education to grow them into stronger learners. 


Financial Assistance

"Access to effective and affordable early care and education has proven multi-generation effects, helping parents enter the workforce, gain critical skills and be self-sufficient while providing children with the early resources they need to succeed. This is critical to our families, workforce and country." - Nobel Laureate James Heckman


Big Shoulders Fund is excited to partner with Action for Children and the McCormick First Steps Program to offer more support for our families. Visit our Early Childhood Financial Assistance page to learn more about these programs and how they can offer you affordable, quality early childhood education. 






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Age Requirements

  • Children in the Pre-K 3 Department must be at least 3 years of age by September 1st of the enrolling school year.

  • Children in the Pre-K 4 Department must be at least 4 years of age by September 1st of the enrolling school year.

  • All children must be completely toilet-independent to attend.

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