Providing statewide and/or national data and information related to young children and families.
- A Guide to Using Data
Check out this resources developed by Illinois Action for Children. Using a systems approach requires systems thinking. This easy-to-read Action Learning toolkit walks us through setting a vision, understanding data, planning and learning cycles. To learn more about the innovative process used in community systems, download the Action Learning toolkit.
- Child Care in Cook County: Elements of Child Care Supply and Demand
- Closing the Leadership Gap
Addressing the need to increase the competency of early childhood program leaders in all sectors of the field has been compromised by limited information and irregular data collection across the states. Check out this comprehensive, cross-sector resource!
- Early Childhood Care programs Supply and Demand
Provides information on the need for and availability of early care and education programs for low-income children in Chicago, maintained by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services.
- Health Statistics
The Illinois Department of Public Health provides data on a large number of health measures.
- Illinois Action for Children
Champions the cause of quality child care and early education for families and children throughout state. Includes resources for providers, families and advocates.
- Illinois Department of Employment Statistics
IDES provides data on unemployment for counties and cities. See “Current Monthly Unemployment Rates.”
- Illinois Interactive Report Card
This site maintained at Northern Illinois University for the Illinois State Board of Education provides data by schools, districts, and other regions on test results, Adequate Yearly Progress, students, teachers, finances, and other related topics.
- Kids Count Data Center, Illinois
The Kids Count database, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, contains state-level data for over 100 measures of child well-being, including the measures used in the “KIDS COUNT Data Book” and “ The Right Start for America’s Newborns.”
- National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER): State(s) of Head Start
- Ounce of Prevention Fund
The Ounce of Prevention Fund supports high-quality early learning to give children in poverty the best chance for success in school and in life.
- State Profiles (National Center for Children in Poverty)
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) provides data on demographics, early childhood (health, care and education, parenting and economic supports), adolescence, and family economic security.
- The Economic Returns to Early Childhood Education
Lynn Karoly, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School in California, reviews the evidence related to benefit-cost analyses and investment in greater access to preschool.
- Voices for Illinois Children
Working with families, communities and policy makers to ensure that all children grow up healthy, nurtured, safe and well-educated. Offers information on policy.
- Who’s Caring for the Kids? The Status of the Early Childhood Workforce in Illinois
Source: McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, National-Louis University, Early Childhood and Parenting