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, 2018

  Infant & Toddler Preschool
DFSS Child Care Only
DFSS EHS/HS in Community-Based Organizations
1,583 5,987
DFSS EHS-Child Care Partnership
1,100 N/A
DFSS HS in CPS Schools
N/A 5,000
OPF EHS/HS Center-Based
0 0
CPS Preschool for All School-Based
N/A 14,280
DFSS Preschool for All Community-Based
N/A 6,372
DFSS Prevention Initiative Programs (Birth-3)
4,862 N/A
Total supply of center-based and other care**
7,980 32,320
* 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, 2018

  0-2 3-5
Early Head Start/Head Start eligible population 23,089 22,561
Less existing utilization of EHS/HS
1,898 10,156
Children eligible for Early Head Start/Head Start but not enrolled in Early Head Start/Head Start programs 21,191 12,543
Subsidy eligible population 22,411 20,215
Less existing utilization of child care subsidies in center-based care
6,783 7,959
Children eligible for subsidies but not using child care subsidies in center-based care 15,628 11,237

Additional Slots Needed for Universal PFA, 3 and 4 year olds, 2018

Number of 3 and 4 year olds 65,602
Less total existing utilization of center-based care
Total slots needed to serve all 3-5 year olds 40,566
Note: All numbers are point-in-time calculations from fall 2018 (school year 2018-2019).

chapin hall   chicago department of family and support services