The Risk and Reach Report presents indicators representing risk factors that undermine optimal child development, and compares them to the reach of publicly funded programs and services that support early childhood well-being.
Indicators available at the legislative district level include:
- Number and percent of children age 5 and under below 200%, 100%, and 50% of the federal poverty level
- Number and percent of kindergarten students identified as homeless
- Number and percent of occupied housing units that cost more than 30 percent of household income
- Number and percent of children age 5 and under with no parent in labor force
- Child Care Subsidies
- Number and percent of kindergarten students without demonstrated kindergarten readiness
- Number and percent of 3rd grade students not meeting expectations in English Language Arts
- Number and percent of 3rd grade students not meeting expectations in mathematics
- Prevention Initiative capacity and capacity as a share of eligible children age 3 and under
- Publicly funded pre-K capacity and gap between capacity and number of eligible children age 3 to 5
The combined expertise of three institutions — Erikson Institute, Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and The Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children — provided the technical skills to compile the data and analysis into the Report.