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Prevention Initiative (PI)

For children from birth to age 3, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provides funding for the Prevention Initiative. Prevention Initiative provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to help families build a strong foundation for learning to prepare children for later school success. Prevention Initiative, along with Preschool for All, is funded under the Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG).

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Prevention Initiative funds are distributed to eligible applicants, including school districts, social service agencies, and other entities, on a competitive basis. Prevention Initiative grantees are required to implement research-based, comprehensive, and intensive prevention services to expecting parents and families with children birth to age 3 who are at risk of academic failure. All the program models share common components such as home/personal visits, links to community resources, group connections, screening, and individual family service planning/goal-setting processes. Prevention Initiative programs may be center-based (daycare settings, family literacy programs) or provide home visitation services only.

Source of definition:  Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Data available on IECAM

Latest data:  FY2022 (July 1, 2021–June 30, 2022; school year 2021–2022)

Number of sites

The number of sites at which children are served in ISBE Prevention Initiative programs.

Source of data: Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, state Senate district, state House district, congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, unit and elementary school district, postal ZIP codes, ZIP Codes 2010 ZCTAs, and Chicago Community Areas.

Number of children proposed to be served

The total number of children proposed to be served by Prevention Initiative programs. These numbers include children receiving both center- and home-based services. Generally, about 80% of children enrolled in PI receive home-based services.

Note: Prevention Initiative proposed capacity data are reported by the administrative site of programs providing services, not the addresses of children served. Therefore, some programs could be serving children in other geographic areas (counties, school districts) than their administrative site. For example, a program that serves three counties with a proposed capacity of 60 will report all 60 in the county of the administrative site.

Source of data: Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, state Senate district, state House district, congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, unit and elementary school district, postal ZIP codes, ZIP Codes 2010 ZCTAs, and Chicago Community Areas.

Grantees

Agencies or organizations that have received grants from the Illinois State Board of Education to provide or subcontract the operation of Prevention Initiative services in their area.

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

Geographic region: Grantees may serve single county or multicounty area.

Grantee data is available upon request