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Access and quality for Illinois children: Illinois early childhood education needs assessment


IFF’s statewide needs assessment, Access and Quality for Illinois Children, examines access to quality early childhood education (ECE) services across the State of Illinois including both home and center-based care and preschool programs. The goal of this report is to inform stakeholders of the disparities in access across communities in the hopes of serving the greatest number of children in need of care with the highest quality of care. Stakeholders can use the information presented to create a comprehensive, highquality, equitable strategy for children throughout Illinois as well as reflect on targeted geographic strategies. Given the finite resources available, this report highlights the counties with the most limited access to ECE in order for investments and improvements to reach the areas with the greatest need. An additional report prepared by the Erikson Institute helps to build on the trends in access and quality identified in this needs assessment. (author abstract)

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