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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.

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

Date of definition: August 2016

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

ISBE PFA FY2015, 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); Chicago Public Schools

Date of data: FY 2015 (school year 2014-2015)

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, Unit and Elementary School District, and Chicago Community Area.

Note: The data are derived from the following sources:

  1. applications for new PFA grants (NOTE: No new PFA programs were funded for FY2015.)
  2. ISBE’s eGrants database of continuing PFA applications
  3. Chicago Public Schools file of school-based PFA funded enrollment
  4. Chicago Public Schools file of community-based PFA funded enrollment.

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 (not available for FY2015).

ISBE PFA FY2015, 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); Chicago Public Schools

Date of data: FY 2015 (school year 2014-2015)

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, Unit and Elementary School District, and Chicago Community Area.

Note: The data are derived from the following sources:

  1. applications for new PFA grants (NOTE: No new PFA programs were funded for FY2015.)
  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 file of school-based PFA funded enrollment
  4. Chicago Public Schools file of community-based PFA funded enrollment.

Note on IECAM data compared to ISBE data: IECAM data represent the 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 the year, which is calculated by ISBE after the close of the school year.

If the total number of children served across FY2015 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 (not available for FY2015).

ISBE PFA FY2015, 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 for description: FY 2015 (school year 2014-2015)

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

Note: View grantee list for FY2015.

ISBE PFA FY2015, List of sites

List of sites for PFA FY2015.

Source of information: Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Date of information: FY 2015 (school year 2014-2015)

Geographic region: County and city.

Note: View site list for FY2015.

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.