Illinois Parent Survey

Illinois Action for Children has partnered with the national RAPID survey at the Stanford Center on Early Childhood to conduct a quarterly survey where parents share information about their family, experiences, and challenges.

The Illinois Parent Survey Panel consists of Illinois parents with children under the age of 6.

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The goal of the panel is to gather essential and ongoing information from parents to inform the public and public officials about parent’s goals, experiences, and challenges in raising young children in Illinois.

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Parents on the panel have the opportunity to share information about their family, experiences, and challenges.

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With our findings, we hope to inform the public and public officials about parents’ goals and challenges in raising young children in Illinois.

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Illinois Parent Survey Panel Results

We heard from 419 parents from over 34 Illinois counties. Here is a peek at what we learned so far:

Financial Hardship

44% of parents had difficulty paying for their basic needs (23% of parents had a hard or very hard time and 21% of parents had a somewhat hard time). Basic needs that were the hardest to meet were utilities, housing, baby supplies, and food.

Parent Wellbeing

21% percent of parents experienced emotional distress (such as stress, loneliness, anxiety, and./or depression) at least more than half the days in the past month.

Child Wellbeing

37% percent of parents have a young child they feel is fussy or defiant; 15% of parents have a young child they feel is too anxious or fearful.

View the survey results

Parent Quotes

We asked parents open-ended questions about what their biggest challenges and concerns are, what is helping them the most, what makes them proud of their child, what are their hopes for their child, and what they want policymakers and elected officials to know.

COMING SOON!

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