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Users will be able to find much of the data needed to complete the Statement of Need for the PFA and PI grant competitions in these various types of reports and resources. Links to resources will open in a new browser window to allow you to easily return to this page.

For questions and information related to the RFP process, please email: earlychi@isbe.net


Start Here

We recommend using both Standard Reports (listed below) in order to get the most accurate early childhood counts. For example, if you are only looking at the School District Profile, you may miss Head Start slots that are funded for programs outside of that particular school district.

  • Response to PFA and PI Request for Proposals Standard Report
    Use this Standard Report for the most recent data that will be helpful for your Statement of Need. This report allows users to choose from a variety of geographic regions, such as county, townships, school districts, and municipalities. We recommend using this Standard Report first as it provides ECE and demographic data and information for more geographic regions.
  • District Profile Standard Report
    Use this Standard Report to get the most recent data from elementary and unit school districts for your Statement of Need. Includes data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Illinois School Report Card, ISBE, and IDHS (e.g., race/ethnicity, language, student and teacher characteristics, poverty, etc). We recommend you also use the Response to PFA and PI Request for Proposals Standard Report to get the most accurate picture of all ECE and demographic data outside of your school district.

Please contact us with any concerns and questions.


Next Steps

  • Community Demographics and Ranking (spreadsheet)
    This document consists of two separate rankings-county and school district.  In order to establish a measure of risk, or vulnerability, IECAM chose metrics, or measures, that have been demonstrated by researchers to intensify the influence on vulnerable populations of people. This ranking only pertains to the measured metrics. IECAM encourages the use of all of the tools available on the Resources for ECBG FY19 Planning page in order to get the most accurate early childhood and demographic data.
  • 0-3 Community Demographics and Ranking Document (spreadsheet)
    This document consists of a county ranking related to services for infants and toddlers. In order to establish a measure of risk, or vulnerability, IECAM chose metrics, or measures, that have been demonstrated by researchers to intensify the influence on vulnerable populations of people. This ranking only pertains to the measured metrics. There may be some similarity between the preschool-aged county ranking (Community Demographics and Ranking) and this infant/toddler ranking. The only difference between the metrics used in both ranking documents is that we used Percent of Children with IEPs in the preschool-aged county ranking and Percent of Children Served in Early Intervention in the infant/toddler ranking. The reason for that change is that IEPs (Individual Education Plan) are used for children with special needs who are age 3-21; infants and toddlers with special needs are served by a different document (Individual Family Service Plan; IFSP) in Early Intervention.
  • High School/Secondary School District Demographics and Ranking (spreadsheet)
    For those High Schools who may be applying for ISBE funding, this document provides a ranking for high schools in Illinois based on chosen metrics.
  • Powerpoint: Connecting Concentrated Disadvantage and Birth Outcomes to Enhance Program Targeting (PDF)
    This powerpoint was generously shared by Dr. Amanda Bennett, IDPH, Office of Women’s Health and Family Services.
    Source: Dr. Amanda Bennett, Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health and Family Services
  • Life Course Indicator: Concentrated Disadvantage (PDF)
    Proportion of households located in census tracts with a high level of concentrated disadvantage, calculated using five census variables
    Source: Dr. Amanda Bennett, Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health and Family Services
  • Concentrated Disadvantage Information (PDF)
    Provides information and methodology related to Concentrated Disadvantage
    Source: Dr. Amanda Bennett, Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health and Family Services

Links to Additional Resources

Education levels of parents

  1.  In the Risk Factor section of the IECAM Web site are pages on Parents’ Education Level and Mothers’ Education Level. These pages provide census-based data on the education level (at 24 different levels) of parents and mothers who are living with their children. Data are presented by the region of PUMA (Public Use Microdata Area; an explanation of this region is included in the pages).
  2. Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
    Among other variables, it includes educational level of the population.Steps: Choose Round = “round 5 (2010-2014)”; topic = “Demographics”; and County = your county; click “Go” to retrieve data.

Employment conditions

  1.  Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
    Among other variables, it includes employment status.
  2. In the Risk Factor section of the IECAM Web site is a page on unemployment rate for Illinois counties, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  3. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment Statistics
    This page contains various resources related to unemployment. One of these is the list of links to state summaries in the right-hand sidebar.Steps: If you click on the graph icon to the right of Illinois, you will go to a page of graphs and tables on unemployment in Illinois. Second, you can scroll down to the section “Tables and Maps Created by BLS,” and the subsection Monthly / County Data. Click on the link for a text version of the County Data table. This provides a table of labor force data, not seasonally adjusted, for every county in the country for approximately the previous year. (You’ll have to scroll down to the Illinois data.) Third, you can scroll down to the section “Tables and Maps Created by BLS,” and the subsection Annual Average / County Data. Click on a link for labor force data by county. This provides a table of labor force data, annual average, for every county in the country for the year selected. (You’ll have to scroll down to the Illinois data.)

Rates of infant mortality, birth trauma, low birth weight, or prematurity

  1. In the Risk Factor section of the IECAM Web site is a page on infant mortality rate per 1,000 births for Illinois counties, based on data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  2. In the Risk Factor section of the IECAM Web site are pages on birth defects, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and birth characteristics for Illinois counties, based on data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  3. You may also want to contact your local Public Health District office to ask if they have or can direct you to additional or more up-to-date information.

The district’s rate of dropouts, retention, truancy, teenage pregnancies, and homeless students

  1.  Illinois Report Card
    Search by or select school district.Steps: From the menu on the school district page, select “District Environment” in the menu bar, and then from the lefthand sidebar select the link to data for “Dropout Rate.” Select “Students” in the menu bar, and then from the lefthand sidebar, select the link to data for “Homeless.” Select “Students” in the menu bar, and then from the lefthand sidebar, select the link to data for “Chronically Truant Students.” If you plan to serve a larger area than one school district, be sure to look at the data on all the districts in the geographic area in which you are interested.You can also search by or select regions other than school district, and you can find many other data variables besides those about students.
  2. Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs
    County and township level data, including high school dropout rates, are included on this site. Latest available data are for 2006.
  3. Illinois Department of Public Health. “Total number of babies born to Illinois teenagers, by state and county” table.
    This site provides information on births to teenagers by county for 2007-2008.

The number of families where a language other than English is spoken

  1. See IECAM data on linguistically isolated households in the
  2. U.S. Census Bureau. State & County QuickFacts (Illinois)
    This page provides data on demographic variables related to population, race, education, housing, etc. One of the sections includes data on “Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2010-2014.”Steps: For information on a county, type the name of the desired county in the search box near the top left of the page.

Rates of poverty, child abuse and neglect

  1. See IECAM data in the Standard Reports on the number of children 3 and 4 years of age living in families below 100%, 185%, and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). See the IECAM online database for data on children at other ages and data on several FPLs (50%, 100%, 130%, 185%, 200%, 400%):
  2. In the Risk Factor section of the IECAM Web site is a page on child abuse and neglect. This page provides data on the number of (and rate per 1,000) children from birth through age 17 who are indicated for abuse and neglect and for sexual abuse. Data are provided for counties in Illinois, based on data from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

The prevalence of homelessness

  1. HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)
    The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publishes an Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). Data from this report are made available online.Steps: Choose the 2016 AHAR: Part 1 – PIT Estimates of Homelessness in the U.S. link. Then, click on the link for “2007-2016” Point-In-Time Estimates by CoC (XLSX)” for data across those years for each CoC (Community of Care program) in the state of Illnois
  2. In the Risk Factor section of the IECAM Web site is a page on homeless children in PFA, Kindergarten, and grades 1 through 3 for Illinois counties, based on data from ISBE Division of Early Childhood.

Information regarding drug/alcohol abuse

  1.  lllinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (including alcohol-related risk) by countySteps: Choose Round = “round 5 (2010-2014)”; topic = “Alcohol”; and County = your county; click “Go” to retrieve data.
  2. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Research & Analysis Unit
    On this page, select “Data” from the menu bar. The Data page lists various crimes and provides an option to download an Excel file with data related to the indicated crime. The Excel files provide historical data for Illinois counties. Several of the crime categories are drug-related.