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For children 3 and 4 years old, The Early Childhood Education division of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provides funding for the Preschool for All (PFA) Children program. The long term goal of the Preschool for All Children program is to provide educational services to all 3- and 4-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 expanded funding available under the earlier Prekindergarten Program for Children at Risk of Academic Failure. All new program sites (beginning in July 2006) for 3- and 4-year-olds were funded as PFA programs. Existing PreK program sites had the opportunity to continue funding. Beginning in FY2012, all programs are considered PFA programs.

There were no new PFA programs for FY2012 due to lack of funding.

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

Date of definition: December 2012

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

ISBE PFA FY2012, Number of Sites

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

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

Date of data: FY 2012 (school year 2011-2012)

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, and Unit and Elementary School District.

Note: The data are derived from the following sources:

  • applications for new PFA grants (NOTE: No new PFA programs were funded for FY2012, due to lack of funds.)
  • ISBE’s eGrants database of continuing PFA applications
  • Chicago Public Schools report on PreK/PFA funded enrollment in Chicago public schools
  • a report on early care and education enrollment in sites operated by Chicago’s Community Partnership Program (CPP)

Note: Data by agency type (Regional Office of Education, school district, non-school district)

Note on data by agency type (Regional Office of Education, school district, non-school district): To view data by agency type of grantee, see an Excel file of PFA sites and enrollment by ROE, SD, and non-SD.

Note on data correction (November 12, 2013): An inaccuracy was found for a PFA site in suburban Cook County. One site had been counted as two sites, each with a proposed capacity of 40. After this error was corrected, the number of sites reported decreased by one in the following areas: IL State from 1,356 to 1,355 sites; IL State without Chicago from 877 to 876 sites; and Cook-Suburbs from 187 to 186 sites. There is no changed in the proposed capacity.

ISBE PFA FY2012, Number of children proposed to be served

The number of children enrolled or proposed to be served (at any one time) in ISBE 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 2012 (school year 2011-2012)

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, and Unit and Elementary School District.

Note: The data are derived from the following sources:

  1. applications for new PFA grants (NOTE: No new PFA programs were funded for FY2012, due to lack of funds.)
  2. ISBE’s eGrants database of continuing PFA applications. These data represent “number of students to be served” (at any one time)
  3. Chicago Public Schools report on PFA funded enrollment in Chicago public schools. These data represent the number of children that 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 PFA children, CPP locations also serve children in Head Start and tuition-based care. Because CPP does not separately count 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 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
  • U.S. Congressional Districts – all districts whose boundaries overlap the City of Chicago
  • ISBE region 15
  • IDHS region 1
  • School District – Chicago

The relevant data from the CPP report are approximately 10,500 children that CPP locations are contracted to serve in approximately 240 locations. IECAM does not know how much of the 10,500 is an overcount.

Note on IECAM data compared to ISBE data: IECAM data represent for FY2012 the funded enrollment, or number of children proposed to be served (at any one time) in PFA at-risk classrooms (as indicated above). These data are intended to closely approximate capacity to serve children. Children leaving a PFA program and new children entering during the year will further affect 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 FY2012, which is calculated by ISBE after the close of the school year.

If the precise number of children served across FY2012 is required for your purposes, please contact ISBE directly.

Note on data by agency type (Regional Office of Education, school district, non-school district): To view data by agency type of grantee, see an Excel file of PFA sites and enrollment by ROE, SD, and non-SD.

ISBE PFA FY2012, Grantees

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

Source of information: Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Date of information: FY 2012 (school year 2011-2012)

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

Note: View grantee list for FY2012.

ISBE PFA FY2012, List of sites

List of sites for PFA FY2012.

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

Date of data: FY 2012 (school year 2011-2012)

Geographic region: County and city.

Note: View site list for FY2012.

Note: Preschool for All serves 3- and 4-year-old children (and 5-year-olds who are not yet eligible for kindergarten). Based on legislatively mandated priorities, ISBE awards PFA grants to applicants who propose to serve children, at least 80% of whom are identified as being at risk of academic failure.

The PFA program is made up of seven required components:

  • Screening to determine risk status
  • Educational program
  • Parent education and involvement
  • Community collaboration
  • Staff requirements
  • Professional development
  • Evaluation

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.