The data related to these variables are gathered from several data sources (e.g., Census, IDPH); are presented in several formats (e.g., spreadsheets, maps); and are associated with several geographic regions (e.g., counties, municipalities, PUMAs). Many, but not all, of the variables represent risk factors for children’s growth and learning. The data are organized into seven domains, as listed below.

Alphabetical list of risk factors

Select from a category below or click on the link above to view a complete, alphabetical list of Risk Factors.

Interactive State Comparison Maps

See how Illinois compares with other states regarding particular risk factors.

Health Care and Health

Includes variables related to children’s health and development, such as birth defects, teen births, and teen parents.


Includes variables related to employment and family working conditions.


Includes population variables such as poverty, race/ethnicity, and language use.

Education Variables

Includes ISAT data and data on mother’s and parents’ education levels.

Early Care and Education Services

Includes variables related to early childhood programming and children’s characteristics.

Social and Economic Factors

Includes societal factors such as child abuse and neglect, foster care, and refugee populations.