Using ‘innovation’ to get more children into early learning programs

April 11, 2016


Illinois Action for Children’s Leah Pouw, who oversees all the Innovation Zones, says the state targeted regions that tried strategies in the past without seeing change. This time, advocates got six months to plan using data for their community to develop smaller-scale experiments that could be tweaked as needed. “They’re right at the ground level and they can adapt really quickly, so if something doesn’t work they can change their plans,” Pouw says.