A new report from Advance Illinois analyzes data from the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM) to urge the state of Illinois to expand access to quality early childhood programs.
This chart shows the median hourly wage and turnover rates for early childhood teachers in Illinois child care centers from 2007-2017.
A recent article in the Southern Illinoisan is drawing attention to the early childhood teacher shortage in Southern Illinois.
This presentation offers multiple examples of easy-to-use data visualization tools and resources that can enable just about anyone to tell their unique data story quickly and effectively.
The Illinois Risk & Reach Fiscal Scan is now available for download from the Risk and Reach Report website hosted by the Erikson Institute. The fiscal scan reports on the amount of the Illinois state operating budget allocated to programs
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has relaxed the eligibility limit for the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which helps low and moderate-income families In addition, maximum co-pays are being lowered, and the state has dedicated more money
A new report from The Urban Institute looks at the racial and ethnic composition of early childhood programs and asks how this compares with segregation in K-12 education. The report found that early learning programs are twice as likely to
America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, an annual report of federal statistics on the health and well-being of America’s children and families, is now available from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. A working group of
The U.S. Census Bureau has released its most detailed look at America’s people, places and economy.
Two new resources from New America are now available to help policy makers and administrators improve the transition from preschool to kindergarten. The first report, Moving into Kindergarten, highlights innovative efforts schools and districts are making across the country to
A recently released equity analysis from Illinois Action for Children and the Sylvia Cotton Center for Policy Innovation suggests moving to a need-based formula and expanding funding to increase equity in Preschool For All (PFA) seat distribution across Illinois.
This data story, using the most recent data from the U.S. Department of State, shows the number of refugee arrivals (those participating in the U.S. Refugee Admission Program (USRAP) in Illinois by country of origin for the 2015-18 calendar years.
This map shows the percentage of children age 5 and under that receive CCAP assistance by family location in Illinois State House Districts in 2016.
IECAM’s quick data reports have just been updated to include 2017 data. These reports include: Child Care, Early Care and Education Services, Publicly Funded Preschool and Head Start, and Response to PFA and PI Request for Proposals.
The U.S. Census Bureau has released 2018 data on income, poverty and health insurance coverage. According to the data, the median household income was not statistically different from the 2017 median, and the official poverty rate decreased 0.5 percentage points
The data team at IECAM has updated the child care program accreditation data to include fiscal year 2017 (July 1 – June 30).
This map shows the percentage of children ages 5 years and under of the total population of each county in Illinois, based on 2017 demographic data.
Voices for Illinois Children has released its 2019 Illinois KIDS COUNT Report. This report evaluates the state of Illinois children within four domains: Socioeconomics, Education, Health and Safety, and Housing.
Do you need to quickly identify specific Illinois legislative districts or Chicago Community Areas (CCAs)? Zoom in and click, or type an address, on these interactive maps to locate the geographic information you need.
2017 demographic data are now available in the IECAM online database.
One way to tackle the challenges associated with multiple funding streams for early childhood services is to develop a fiscal mapping process. The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has developed this how-to guide and data collection tool to provide a framework and steps to complete this process.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), in working with legislators and legislative staff, has designed this guidebook for considering prenatal-to-three issues and policy options.
This map shows the percentage of children enrolled in public school kindergarten in Illinois for the 2017-2018 school year who do not have permanent and adequate homes, by county. Note: Data for some multi-county grantees were provided by grantee, not
As Illinois gears up for a new school year, here are some headlines of interest for the early childhood community: With 8,000 vacancies across city pre-Ks, Lightfoot urges Chicago families to apply This article looks at how the mayor is
This updated report explains three types of U.S. Census Bureau on language diversity that may help answer policy questions such as: Where in the state are resources needed to develop dual language/bilingual classes? Are certain languages concentrated in one or
A new report from the Ad Hoc Committee on Mixed Delivery Systems of the Illinois Early Learning Council explores the challenges in our current system for community-based programs’ participation in Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative. Recommendations for strengthening the
The standard report tool is now called the Quick Data Report tool. Quick data reports are reports of data that IECAM has prepared in response to frequently asked questions about early care and education services in the state of Illinois.
A new study conducted by Abt Associates is offering an up-to-date, nationally representative picture of the families and children served by Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs. MSHS programs provide early childhood education, social and support services to a diverse
Research has consistently shown that poverty has a significant and lasting impact on a child’s development. Here’s a list of data and resources found on IECAM related to early childhood and poverty.
The 2019 Illinois Poverty Data and Well-Being Index developed by the Heartland Alliance Social Impact Research Center indicates that 67 Illinois counties are on a poverty watch list – up from 52 last year. The report, which includes an interactive
The Collaborative for Children’s Health Policy, a new statewide collaborative dedicated to achieving child health equity in Illinois, has announced three initiatives as part of their policy framework. These initiatives focus on access to care, mental health and the underlying
After several years of budget cuts, Illinois early intervention providers will see their reimbursement rates increase effective July 1, 2019.
This interactive chart shows low-income student enrollment in Illinois public schools (Grades K—12) between 2006 and 2018.
This interactive chart shows the percentage of total K-12 school enrollment by the largest three racial-ethnic groups enrolled in Illinois public schools.
A recent Chicago Tribune article reports that the DuPage Children’s Museum is expanding and reframing programming in response to the Illinois Risk and Reach Report released this spring by the Erikson Institute in collaboration with the Illinois Early Childhood Asset
Results from a new report from the Illinois State Board of Education show 26% of children met readiness standards for kindergarten in all of the measured areas while 39% percent met standards in none of the categories.
This recent article in Chalkbeat looks at how new Governor Pritzker is trying to to rebuild a state program that helps pay for child care so that low-income parents and college students can work or attend school.
A new guide from the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) supports state education agencies and early education partners in developing research-based policy that can lead to more intentional decision
A new report from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families sheds light on the early home experiences of Latino children in order to better understand how these experiences are linked to their developmental trajectories.
This map is one of many IECAM helped create for Erikson Institute‘s recent Risk and Reach Report. It shows percent of homeless students enrolled in kindergarten in 2016 by county.
The 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book from The Annie E. Casey Foundation is now available. The 2019 report offers a state-by-state comparison of overall child well-being using data on 16 indicators. Among top-level findings: children in the
These two charts can help you visualize trends in birth statistics from 2010-2017 in Illinois.
Ready for some fun? Here are ideas for how to get creative with your data in order to make the most impact in your community.
Researchers from University of Illinois at Chicago have conducted a study of Illinois Early Childhood programs’ current and prior expulsion practices as well as their understanding of, and responses to, Illinois Public Act 100-0105.
This chart was created using the multiyear search tool now available on IECAM.
This map shows the birth rate per 1,000 women by Illinois county in 2017.
The map below is one of many IECAM helped create for Erikson Institute’s recent Risk and Reach Report.
The Illinois House finished up what was perhaps the most monumental legislative session in recent memory this past weekend, after passing the final pieces of a budget for the upcoming year as well as a $45 billion capital improvements program.
The Illinois Department of Human Services has recently released a Market Rate Survey of Licensed Child Care Programs in Illinois for the Fiscal Year 2018. This survey measures the prices charged by providers and paid by parents in given child
CLASP has released a state action agenda describing key state early education programs, significant challenges, and recommendations for how state leaders can meaningfully improve policies and programs.
A new analysis from Nobel laureate economist James J. Heckman and colleagues finds that targeted, high-quality early childhood investments have the power to lift multiple generations out of poverty. This research demonstrates the impact of high-quality early childhood experiences, as
A new report from ChildCare Aware examines state-funded CCR&Rs (Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies) and other policy-focused organizations to understand their approaches to closing the gap in child care supply and demand at state and local levels.
Counties with the largest numeric growth are located in the south and the west, with counties in Texas taking four out of the top 10 spots according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released last month. These statistics provide population estimates,
A new report from IFF takes a look at disparities in access to quality early childhood education services across Illinois. Recommendations include: Increasing access to infant and toddler care in Illinois Growing a supply of quality providers in rural counties
The 2019 Sharing A Vision Biennial Conference, coordinated by the Illinois Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children in collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Human Services, is now accepting
This map shows early care and education services sites for the state of Illinois based on the most recent data available.
With this tool, you can discover changes over time in your area (town, school district, community area, legislative district, etc.) for topics such as population and poverty rates as well as for a variety of measures associated with early childhood
The National Head Start Association has launched a new online community called “The Block,” enabling conversation within a national network of Head Start Colleagues. Currently, there are nine communities serving as safe spaces for NHSA members to share experiences, ideas,
A new policy analysis from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) finds that just 8 percent of potentially eligible children receive Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) subsidies based on federal income eligibility limits and just 12
Illinois legislators are considering a bill that says children must start kindergarten by age 5 instead of 6. The proposed law, Senate Bill 2075, requires that children attend kindergarten if they are 5 on or before May 31, but would
The State of Preschool 2018 Yearbook is the 16th edition of the National Institute for Early Education Research‘s (NIEER) annual report tracking state-funded preschool access, resources, and quality. National findings show preschool enrollment in state-funded programs increased slowly once again.
A new report from the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) at the National Institute for Early Education Research describes the demographics of state early childhood education agency staff, the complexity and priorities of their work, and their visions
IECAM now offers 2017 licensed and licensed-exempt child care center and licensed family care home data for various Illinois regions. Use our tabular data search as shown below to quickly locate this data for your area!
Use this step-by-step guide to assist you in completing a slot gap analysis for your PFA/PI grant application.
The Illinois Risk and Reach report offers a set of data tools (including a comprehensive early childhood focused report) along with an interactive website that brings together an analysis of child well-being indicators in relation to state investments in three
This map shows the percentage of population in Illinois under one year of age, by county. Percentages are based on estimates of population based on Census Bureau estimates.
This recently released brief provides a graphic overview of some of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) policy differences that exist between states and territories. The CCDF is a block grant program with federal guidelines. Within these guidelines, states
This map shows the percentage of births characterized by low birth weight (<2,500 grams) by Illinois County in 2016.
IECAM now has 2018 data on Head Start and Early Head Start available. To access this information, use the tabular data search and click on “2018” under the Year tab and “Head Start programs” under the Early Childhood Service Type
A new report from the Center for American Progress highlights the relationship between child care and maternal employment and underscores how improving child care access can boost employment and earnings for working mothers.
The National Conference of State Legislature (NCSL) has tracked 2018 legislation across the United States related to child care, prekindergarten, home visiting, parent engagement and support, governance structure and program financing, and has released this report summarizing the bills that
Developmental psychologist and pioneer in early education Dr. Edward Ziglar passed away last month. He was 88 years old. Dr. Ziglar was recruited by President Lyndon B. Johnson to design and carry out the Head Start program over 50 years
These maps show the percentage of young children living below 185% Federal Poverty Level who are receiving IDHS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) funding by State Senate and House Districts. The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Child Care Assistance Program
A new report from the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, Southern Illinois University and Goshen Education Consulting demonstrates that teacher shortages in the state are continuing to increase in severity. Staff categories having the highest percentage of unfilled
These maps show the percentage of children age 5 and under whose families received assistance from IDHS for their child care in 2016, according to the location of the family’s home.
Governor JB Pritzker, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Public Schools, and the Department of Family and Support Services recently announced the expansion of universal full-day pre-kindergarten programs in 28 communities across Chicago. More than 100 new full-day classrooms will be added
IECAM recently updated its Illinois Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) data. This new information includes the number of children receiving assistance by family and service location as well as the number of centers and homes receiving
This 1-minute video describes the types and forms of information found on the IECAM website.
A newly-released report has found that while cities have been expanding availability of publicly-funded pre-K to young children, many of these programs are not meeting the standards of high-quality needed to produce the most impact. The report, entitled “Pre-K in
This past Monday, the Erikson Institute gave a sneak peek of its “Illinois Risk and Reach” report at the City Club in Chicago. This report lays out 14 risk indicators faced by young children in Illinois and then shows that
Find out who uses IECAM and why in this 1-minute video!
This chart uses data from the Illinois Department of Public Health and shows only those counties with a percentage over 10%.
This line chart shows the funded enrollment (the total number of children that a Migrant and Seasonal Head Start center is funded to enroll at any one time. ) for the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program in Illinois between
A team of special education researchers has concluded, in a report sponsored by Memorial University, that participation in quality early childhood education programs significantly prevents special education placement and lowers the intensity of supports needed later in a student’s education
To find 2018 Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program data on our website, navigate to IECAM’s tabular data search , select “2018” under the blue “Year” button, then click on the “Early Childhood Service Types” button and check the box