Achievement gaps between children in very low income homes and those whose families have more resources begin within the first 3 years of life. Research shows clear links between early learning and later readiness; that’s why we connect them in our strategy, in the dedicated fund to expand our grantmaking resources, and in the partnerships we forge and encourage. 

starting with 0 to 3

Support for at-risk families starts with home visiting. Learn more

preschool at 3 or 4

Next steps: high-quality preschool or extended home visiting. Learn more

promising results

What's the impact? What's changing in the community landscape? Learn more 

since 2003

as of the end of 2015
$7.5 million to ECF for the Communityworks initiative
$1.8 million in total outlays to support Every Child, Every Youth
                    and related early childhood projects/programs                                                    and, a growing number of creative collaborations in early childhood

every youth ready for work

To achieve better outcomes for graduates of Evanston Township High School while building on our work with Evanston's youngest and most at risk children our current agenda focuses on building a cradle to career continuum. Learn more about Every Youth and our current Community Engagement initiative. 

Legacy of Grand Victoria Foundation

Communityworks IWSE home visit program

Grand Victoria Foundation launched its statewide Communityworks Initiative in 2003, and ECF joined other Illinois community foundations on a transformative journey. The legacy took shape over 8 years. Learn more