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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

Note: We recommend using both Standard Reports (Response to PFA and PI Request for Proposal and District Profile) 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.

Please contact us with any concerns and questions.


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.
Topic: Request for Proposals

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.
Topic: School District Profiles

Powerpoint: Connecting Concentrated Disadvantage and Birth Outcomes to Enhance Program Targeting
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
Topic: Concentrated Disadvantage Areas

Life Course Indicator: Concentrated Disadvantage
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 Topic: Community Well-being

Concentrated Disadvantage Information
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
Topic: Methodology

Links to Additional Resources

A. 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).

Parents’ Education Level:
http://iecam.illinois.edu/characteristics-education/parents-education/

Mothers’ Education Level:
http://iecam.illinois.edu/characteristics-education/mothers-education/

2. Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Among other variables, includes educational level of the population:
http://www.idph.state.il.us/brfss/countydata.asp

Choose Round = “round 5 (2010-2014)”; topic = “Demographics”; and County = your county; click “Go” to retrieve data.

B. Employment conditions

1. Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

See the same link as noted in A2 above. This page, among other variables, 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.

Unemployment Rate:
http://iecam.illinois.edu/characteristics-employment/unemployment-rate/

3. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Local Area Unemployment Statistics page
http://www.bls.gov/lau/

This page contains various resources related to unemployment. One of these is the list of links to state summaries in the right-hand sidebar. 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.)

C. 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.

Infant mortality rate per 1,000 births:
http://iecam.illinois.edu/characteristics-health/infant-mortality/

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.

Birth defects:
http://iecam.illinois.edu/characteristics-health/birth-defects/

Adverse pregnancy outcomes:
http://iecam.illinois.edu/characteristics-health/pregnancy/

Birth characteristics:
http://iecam.illinois.edu/characteristics-health/birth-characteristics/

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.

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

1. Illinois Report Card Web site:
http://iirc.niu.edu/default.aspx

Search by or select school district. 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.
http://app.idph.state.il.us/data/CommunitySummary.asp?menu=1

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.
http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/teen/teen0708.htm

This site provides information on births to teenagers by county for 2007-2008.

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

1. See IECAM data on linguistically isolated households in:

(a) the Standard Report on “Response to PFA and PI Request for Proposals”:
http://search.iecam.illinois.edu/cgi-bin/iecam/searchsr.asp?rpt=5

Select a region and an area, click on the “submit” button, then scroll down to the fourth table in the report.

(b) the IECAM online database:
http://search.iecam.illinois.edu/cgi-bin/iecam/search.asp

Select a region and an area, select “language” from the demographics variables, and click on the “submit” button.

2. U.S. Census Bureau. State & County QuickFacts (Illinois)
http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/17,00

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.”

For information on a county, type the name of the desired county in the search box near the top left of the page.

F. 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).

Standard Reports:
http://iecam.illinois.edu/data-search/standard-reports/

See the IECAM online database for data on children at other ages and data on several FPLs (50%, 100%, 130%, 185%, 200%, 400%):
http://iecam.illinois.edu/data-search/

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).

Child abuse and neglect:
http://iecam.illinois.edu/characteristics-other/abuse-neglect/

G. The prevalence of homelessness

1. HUD’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)
https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/5178/2016-ahar-part-1-pit-estimates-of-homelessness/

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publishes an Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). Data from this report are made available online. Click on the link for “2007-2015” 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.

Homeless students:
http://iecam.illinois.edu/characteristics-ece-services/homeless/

H. Information regarding drug/alcohol abuse

1. lllinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (including alcohol-related risk) by county
http://www.idph.state.il.us/brfss/countydata.asp

Choose Round = “round 5 (2010-2014)”; topic = “Alcohol”; and County = your county; click “Go” to retrieve data.

2. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA):
http://www.icjia.state.il.us/public/index.cfm

ICJIA Research & Analysis Unit:
http://www.icjia.state.il.us/research/overview

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.