Early Childhood Care Programs Supply and Demand

Early Education and Center-Based Care Slots


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Supply of Early Education and Center-Based Care, 2014

  0-2 3-5
DFSS Child Care Only
DFSS EHS/HS Center-Based
562 16,553
OPF EHS/HS Center-Based
152 523
CPS Preschool For All
N/A 21,775
Child-Parent Center (CPC)
N/A 1,450
Community Partnership Program Birth-3
3,249 N/A
Total supply of center-based care**
3,963 40,301
* For ages 0-5
**Does not include non-DFSS and non-OPF Early Head Start and Head Start grantee sites

Supply of Early Education and Center-Based Care

The following table displays the number of children eligible but not enrolled in early education and center-based care. These figures are approximate and likely an overestimate of community need. This is because many parents work non-traditional hours and cannot address their child care needs through traditional child care programs and not all parents may prefer center-based care or early education programs for their children. Additionally, while these numbers compare the eligible population and the supply of programs in a given community, utilization patterns indicate that the choice of early education and center-based care site is not limited by community boundaries.

Children Eligible But Not Enrolled in Early Education and Center-Based Care, 2014

  0-2 3-5
Early Head Start/Head Start eligible population 31,618 37,137
Less existing utilization of EHS/HS
759 16,408
Children eligible for Early Head Start/Head Start but not enrolled in Early Head Start/Head Start programs 30,859 20,729
Subsidy eligible population 25,554 30,177
Less existing utilization of child care subsidies in center-based care
6,012 10,006
Children eligible for subsidies but not using child care subsidies in center-based care 19,542 20,171

Additional Slots Needed for Universal PFA, 3-5 year olds, 2014

Number of 3-5 year olds 102,599
Less total existing utilization of center-based care
Total slots needed to serve all 3-5 year olds 66,375
Note: All numbers are point-in-time calculations.

chapin hall   chicago department of family and support services