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, 2013

  0-2 3-5
DFSS Child Care Only
DFSS EHS/HS Center-based
352 15,315
289 824
CPS Preschool For All
N/A 21,450
Child-Parent Center (CPC)
N/A 1,986
Community Partnership Program Birth-3
3,086 N/A
Total supply of center-based care
3,727** 39,575
* 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 currently served in Early Education and Center Based Care. It should be noted that these figures are merely an approximate indicator of community need. Many parents work non-traditional hours and cannot address their child care needs through traditional child care programs. Surveys of parent preferences indicate that some percentage of parents do not want center-based care or early education programs for their children. Finally, while these numbers compare the eligible population and the supply of programs in a given community, it is clear that the utilization of early education and center-based care is not limited by community boundaries. Although most people prefer child care that is close to their homes, children regularly attend child care outside their communities.

Children Eligible But Not Served in Early Education and Center-Based Care, 2013

  0-2 3-5
Head Start eligible population 39,501 40,725
Less existing utilization of EHS/HS
635 17,776
Children eligible for Head Start but not served in Head Start programs 38,866 22,949
Subsidy eligible population 37,787 35,588
Less existing utilization of IDHS certificates in center-based care
5,453 7,167
Children eligible for subsidies but not using IDHS certificates in center-based care 18,862 22,226

Additional Slots Needed for Universal PFA, 3-5 year olds, 2013

Number of 3-5 year olds 104,640
Less total existing utilization of center-based care
Total slots needed to serve all 3-5 year olds 65,168

chapin hall   chicago department of family and support services