Early Childhood Care Programs Supply and Demand

Early Education and Center-Based Care Slots

Chicago Total

Search for Another Community

Supply of Early Education and Center-Based Care, 2015

  0-2 3-5
DFSS Child Care Only
DFSS EHS/HS Center-Based
557 16,518
DFSS EHS-Child Care Partnership Center-Based
1,100 N/A
DFSS Ready to Learn Center-Based
OPF EHS/HS Center-Based
160 456
CPS Preschool For All School-Based
N/A 14,970
CPS Preschool For All Community-Based
N/A 7,802
Child-Parent Center (CPC)
N/A 2,602
Community Partnership Program Birth-3
3,213 N/A
Total supply of center-based care**
5,030 42,348
* 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, 2015

  0-2 3-5
Early Head Start/Head Start eligible population 35,168 35,527
Less existing utilization of EHS/HS
2,003 14,862
Children eligible for Early Head Start/Head Start but not enrolled in Early Head Start/Head Start programs 33,165 20,665
Subsidy eligible population 13,418 11,229
Less existing utilization of child care subsidies in center-based care
4,679 7,035
Children eligible for subsidies but not using child care subsidies in center-based care 8,739 4,194

Note that the number of children using subsidies may be larger than the number eligible due to changes in the income threshold to CCAP over the course of the year. Children above 50% FPL who were in the program under the 185% FPL threshold may still be enrolled.

Additional Slots Needed for Universal PFA, 3-5 year olds, 2015

Number of 3-5 year olds 101,964
Less total existing utilization of center-based care
Total slots needed to serve all 3-5 year olds 66,953
Note: All numbers are point-in-time calculations from fall 2015 (school year 2015-2016).

chapin hall   chicago department of family and support services