The number and percentage of Illinois children birth to age 3 with high needs who are enrolled in a gold-rated ExceleRate program and/or a home visiting program. Illinois’ funding for early learning has long included dedicated resources for the infant-toddler years, in recognition of the critical role high-quality early learning can play for children between birth and age 3. This indicator reflects Illinois’ focus on serving at-risk children with the highest quality service.

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