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The Prekindergarten Program for Children at Risk of Academic Failure is one of four programs funded by the Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) program in the State of Illinois

Note: This program was expanded by the Preschool for All Children program beginning in July 2006 (that is, at the beginning of FY 2007). The data presented here are for the PreK program FY2006, not for the expanded PreK/Preschool for All Children program that began in FY2007. See the detailed note below for more information.

Source of definition: Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Early Childhood Education Division

Date of definition: 2006

Note: View definitions of data variables related to ISBE PreK:

ISBE PreK, Number of Children Served

The number of children served in ISBE PreK programs throughout the year.

Source of data: Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Date of data: FY2006 (school year 2005-2006)

Geographic region: These data are available by state or county.

Note: This program was expanded by the Preschool for All Children program in July 2006 (that is, beginning of FY 2007). The data presented here are for the PreK program FY2006, not for the expanded PreK / Preschool for All Children program FY2007.

ISBE PreK, Grantees

Agencies or organizations that have received grants from the Illinois State Board of Education to provide or subcontract the operation of PreK classrooms in their area.

Source of data: Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Date of data: FY 2006 (school year 2005-2006)

Geographic region: These data are available by county.

Note: View the list of ISBE grantees for continuing Prekindergarten programs (See the file for FY2009 PFA Grantee List — Continuing PreK).

Note: Prekindergarten programs (for FY 2006) incorporate the following components:

  • Intensive language and literacy development based on the child’s individual assessment
  • Curriculum addresses the domains of visual-motor, language, and speech development, social skills and cognitive development
  • Ongoing student progress plan developed and shared with parents
  • Parent education and involvement
  • Collaboration with other services and resources available in the community

Note: In the prekindergarten programs (for FY 2006), eligible children are 3- to 5-year-olds (not eligible for kindergarten) who are determined, through a screening process, to be at risk for academic failure.

Note: The Prekindergarten Program for Children at Risk of Academic Failure was expanded with the Preschool for All Children program beginning in July 2006 (that is, FY 2007). The Preschool for All Children program incorporates six program components, including requirements related to teacher certification, class size, and professional development.

For details on these components, and other information related to the Preschool for All Children program, see the Preschool for All Children page on the IECAM Web site and the Preschool for All Children page on the ISBE Web site.