Latest data:

 FY 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017; school year 2016-2017)

For children 3 and 4 years old, The Early Childhood Education division of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provides funding for the Preschool for All (PFA) Children program. The Preschool Development Grant – Expansion Grant, is intended to enhance Illinois’s infrastructure to provide high-quality preschool programs, and to expand high-quality full-day preschool programs for 4-year-olds in high-need communities.

Source of definition:

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Early Childhood Education Division

Geographic region:

These data are available by state, county, township, IL State Senate district, IL State House district, US Congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, Unit and Elementary School District, and Chicago Community Area.

Note:

View definitions of data variables related to ISBE PFA Expansion:

ISBE PFA Expansion, Number of Sites

The number of sites at which children are served in ISBE PFA Expansion programs.

Note:

The data are derived from the following source:

  • ISBE, Early Childhood Education Division
Geographic region:

These data are available by state, county, township, IL State Senate district, IL State House district, US Congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, Unit and Elementary School District, and Chicago Community Area.

ISBE PFA Expansion, Number of children proposed to be served

The number of children proposed to be served (at any one time) or enrolled in ISBE PFA Expansion programs. (See notes below for specific meaning of “number of children.”)

Note:

The data are derived from the following source:

  • ISBE, Early Childhood Education Division
Geographic region:

These data are available by state, county, township, IL State Senate district, IL State House district, US Congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, Unit and Elementary School District, and Chicago Community Area.

Note:

Number of children in Chicago and number of children outside Chicago: The number of children outside Chicago is “proposed capacity.” That is, each PFA program informs ISBE of the number of children it proposes to serve at each site for the year. The number of children within Chicago is actual enrollment, which is what CPS reports to ISBE, and ISBE provides to IECAM.

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IECAM data compared to ISBE data: IECAM data represent the number of children proposed to be served (at any one time) in PFA Expansion classrooms (as indicated above). These data are intended to closely approximate capacity to serve children. Children leaving a PFA Expansion program and new children entering during the year will further affect the total number of children served across the year as a whole. Thus, the IECAM data are not the same as the official total “number of children served” across the year, which is calculated by ISBE after the close of the school year.

If the total number of children served across the year is required for your purposes, please contact ISBE directly.

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Preschool for All serves 3- and 4-year-old children (and 5-year-olds who are not yet eligible for kindergarten). For details on the components of, and other information related to, the Preschool for All Children program, see the Preschool for All Children page on the IECAM Web site and the Preschool for All Children page on the ISBE Web site. For information on the Preschool For All Expansion program, see the Preschool Expansion Model page on the ISBE Web site.

Yearly differences in data definitions/descriptions

For past years, there are some differences in the data definition/description, compared to the most recent year. These are indicated here.

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Estimation of data for sites in Chicago: For FY2016, data on the number of children proposed to be served in PFA Expansion were not available for each of the 51 sites in the city of Chicago, but only for the city of Chicago as a whole. Therefore, IECAM is unable to report the exact number of children for sites. To estimate the number by site, IECAM divided the total number of children for the city by the total number of sites. This process allows the data to be reported for all those geographic regions whose areas are entirely or partly within the city of Chicago; which would otherwise not be possible. These regions are Illinois state house and senate districts, federal congressional districts, Chicago Community Areas, ZCTA Zip codes, and postal Zip codes.