The Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM) recently participated in the Prenatal to Three (PN3) Initiative facilitated by the Irving Harris, McCormick, and Stone Foundations, the Ounce of Prevention Fund, and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development. IECAM Project Director Dawn Thomas and Data Manager Keith Hollenkamp provided data guidance for both the core leadership team and the working groups made up of over 100 stakeholders in early childhood and other state systems. This data guidance helped inform the recently released Illinois Prenatal to Three Policy Agenda.
The goal of the PN3 Initiative is to improve access to high-quality services for 50,000 Illinois infants and toddlers and their families earning under 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) by 2023 and 100,000 Illinois infants and toddlers in families earning under 200 percent FPL by 2025.
The Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map is part of the Early Childhood Collaborative, located in the Department of Special Education within the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.