Research Reports: Strengthening State Administration and Funding for Child Care

The relationship between CCAP provider payments and child care supply

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Elevating Parent Voices: An Evaluation of the Family Advisory Committee of the Illinois Early Learning Council in Year Two (2023)

The Family Advisory Committee (FAC) of the Early Learning Council is Illinois’ first permanent advisory body of parents focusing on early childhood programming and policy. In 2022, we interviewed parent-members of the FAC and stakeholders who helped found the group in order to evaluate the successes and challenges of the group’s first two years and recommend actions for improving its role.

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SERIES: Has Access to Quality Child Care Improved for Low-Income Working Families in Illinois? (2019)

Over the period of 2011 to 2016, Illinois made substantial new investment in its early care and education system. This research series examines whether the availability of quality child care for low income working families – in particular, those eligible to receive the child care subsidy – increased during this period in two Illinois regions, Cook County and a 7-county region in Southwestern Illinois. This three-part series looks at whether access to quality child care improved for children under age 6, for infants and during non-traditional care hours.


The Economic Impact of the Early Care and Education Industry in Illinois Research Brief Series (2005 – 2015):

How the early care and education industry contributes to the Illinois economy.


State-Funded Preschool Availability in Illinois Depends Upon Where You Live: An Equity Analysis of ISBE Pre-K Resources in FY2019 (2019)

The report seeks to answer the question, “Who gets to go to preschool in Illinois?” and takes a hard look at just how equitable access is to high-quality, affordable early childhood programs in our state. We also offer policy recommendations on how to bridge an equity gap.

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Chicago’s Roadmap for Implementing Universal Pre-K: A Plan for Investment in Chicago’s Early Learning System* (2019)

Chicago’s Roadmap for Implementing Universal Pre-K is a four-year plan for providing a robust early childhood system that includes universal access to free, full-day pre-kindergarten for all Chicago four-year-olds, regardless of income, by the fall of 2021, while sustaining the City’s investment in birth-through-three-year-old services.

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Cost of Quality Early Learning Think Tank (2018)

Illinois Action for Children and The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes partnered to conduct the Cost of Quality Think Tank. Held May 16-17, 2018, in Chicago, the convening provided an opportunity for state and local leaders, advocates, and national experts to take stock of what they are learning about collecting, analyzing, and using cost data to inform and drive policy decisions about financing high-quality early learning programs.

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