THE PRITZKER CHILDREN'S INITIATIVE
The J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation seeks to enable one million children annually under the age of three to be “on track” for kindergarten readiness. The foundation is initially investing more than $6.5 million in a one-year pilot program—with additional funding to follow—to enhance local supports for infants, toddlers, and their families. The Foundation asked the Sorenson Impact Center to play a role in this exceptionally collaborative and far-reaching endeavor.
An estimated 3 million of our nation’s youngest children are at risk of not achieving age-appropriate milestones by the age of three. The Pritzker Children’s Initiative (PCI) seeks to close this gap by working with committed partners on strategic programs grounded in evidence.
The PCI aims to serve as many of these children as possible—and effectively change the trajectory for their futures—by increasing access to core services that promote healthy beginnings, supported families, quality childcare, and early learning. This will be achieved through unlocking public and private capital; promoting research and knowledge sharing; and growing evidence-based programs.
The Sorenson Impact Center serves as a project manager for the PCI. In partnership with the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, the Center develops and drives key project work streams, ensures the completion of deliverables, coordinates work between project partners, collects and refines core content, and continuously evaluates the PCI. Project partners include the Center for the Study of Social Policy, the National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, StriveTogether, and National Institute for Children’s Health Quality.
The Center assists in developing a robust data practice, a national on-ramp website with valuable resources, and a Pritzker Fellows program, which will build capacity in individual communities.
The initiative will measure its effect through critical outcomes relating to health, family support, quality care, and learning. These outcomes will be achieved as the project partners set goals and measure impact, promote the importance of early-childhood development in individual communities, support policy efforts, create a clearinghouse of best practices and resources, create and disseminate content and tools, and build capacity at the local level.