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For children from 3 to 5 years old, The Early Childhood Education division of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provides funding for the Preschool for All Children program and the continuing Prekindergarten Program for Children at Risk of Academic Failure. The long term goal of the Preschool for All Children program is to provide educational services to all 3- to 5-year-old children whose families choose to participate. The Preschool for All Children program focuses on providing high-quality educational programs for children who are determined to be at risk of academic failure. It also provides funding for programs serving families of low to moderate income whose children are not considered to be at risk academically and other families that choose to participate.

PFA began operation in July 2006 (i.e., FY 2007). The PFA program expands funding available under the PreK program. All new program sites for 3- and 4-year-olds will be funded as PFA programs. Existing PreK program sites will have the opportunity to continue funding.

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

Date of definition: December 2009

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

ISBE PreK and PFA FY2009, Number of Sites

The number of sites at which children are served in ISBE PreK or PFA programs.

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

Date of data: FY 2009 (school year 2008-2009)

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, IL State Senate district, IL State House district, US Congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP code.

Note: The data are derived from the following sources:

  1. applications for new PFA grants
  2. ISBE’s eGrants database of continuing PreK applications and continuing PFA applications
  3. Chicago Public Schools report on PreK/PFA funded enrollment in Chicago public schools
  4. a report on early care and education enrollment in sites operated by Chicago’s Community Partnership Program (CPP).

Note: In the GIS (Geographic Information System) section of the IECAM Web site, all ISBE PreK/PFA sites are displayed on the map by the same symbol. However, PreK/PFA sites operated by CPP are presented in a different color from other PreK/PFA sites.

ISBE PreK and PFA FY2009, Number of children enrolled / proposed to be served

The number of children enrolled or proposed to be served (at any one time) in ISBE PreK and PFA programs. (See notes below for specific meaning of “number of children.”)

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

Date of data: FY 2009 (school year 2008-2009)

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, IL State Senate district, IL State House district, US Congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP code.

Note: The data are derived from the following sources:

  1. applications for new PFA grants. These data represent “number of children proposed to be served (at any one time).”
  2. ISBE’s eGrants database of continuing PreK applications and continuing PFA applications. These data represent “number of children enrolled on April 1, 2008.”
  3. Chicago Public Schools report on PreK/PFA funded enrollment in Chicago public schools. These data represent the number of children for which each site is funded to serve (i.e., “number of children proposed to be served”).
  4. a report on early care and education enrollment in sites operated by Chicago’s Community Partnership Program (CPP). These data represent the number of children for which each site is funded to serve (i.e., “number of children proposed to be served.”) But see note below for explanation of possible overcount.

Note on CPP data, possible overcount: The CPP report indicates the number of children that each CPP location is contracted to serve. Although the majority of children served in these locations are PreK/PFA children, CPP locations also serve children in Head Start and tuition-based care. Because CPP does not separately count PreK/PFA, Head Start, or tuition-based children, the number presented in this report and in IECAM is an overcount.

This overcount is evident in the tally of children in PreK/PFA for the following geographic areas:

  • State
  • County – Cook City of Chicago, and Cook All
  • Township – Chicago
  • Illinois State Senate Districts – all districts whose boundaries overlap the City of Chicago
  • Illinois State House Districts – all districts whose boundaries overlap the City of Chicago
  • ISBE region 15
  • IDHS region 1.

The relevant data from the CPP report are approximately 9,700 children that CPP locations are contracted to serve in approximately 239 locations. IECAM does not know how much of the 9,700 is an overcount. In the State of Illinois map in the GIS (Geographic Information System) section of the IECAM Web site, CPP PreK/PFA sites are plotted with a different symbol from that of other PreK/PFA sites to permit a visual differentiation of these locations.

Note on IECAM data compared to ISBE data: IECAM data represent for FY2009 a combination of funded enrollment (children proposed to be served) and a point-in-time count of children served in PFA/PreK at-risk classrooms (as indicated above). These data are intended to closely approximate capacity to serve children. Children leaving a PreK or PFA program and new children entering during the year will further effect the total number of children served across the year as a whole. Thus, the IECAM data are not the same as the official total “number of children served” across FY2009, which is calculated by ISBE after the close of the school year.

If the precise number of children served across FY2009 is required for your purposes, please contact ISBE directly.

ISBE PreK and PFA FY2009, Grantees

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

Source of information: Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Date of information: FY 2009 (school year 2008-2009)

Geographic region: Grantees may serve single- or multi-county area.

Note: View Grantees:

  • For Grantees for continuing Prekindergarten programs from FY 2007 (last year for separate PreK funding).
  • For Grantees for PFA programs continuing from FY2007 and FY2008.
  • For Grantees for new PFA programs for FY2009.

Note: These two programs serve 3- and 4-year-old children (and 5-year-olds who are not yet eligible for kindergarten) who are at risk of academic failure. The only criterion for the PreK At Risk program is the at-risk factor. The PFA program has 3 criteria: (1) at-risk; (2) low-income; and (3) other factors. PreK programs 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

The PFA program incorporates six program components:

  • Screening
  • Educational program
  • Parent education and involvement
  • Community collaboration
  • Staff requirements
  • 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.