Research and Data Resources
Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM)
In June 2005, the Illinois Early Learning Council called for a concerted effort to create an interactive, Web-based tool-to be called the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM)-to support "transparent" decision-making frameworks for awarding funding for Preschool for All. This new decision-making tool brings together data on early care and education from state agencies (birth to 5), Head Start, and the private sector. IECAM also includes community demographic information that can be used by federal, state, and local government agencies to inform resource allocation processes in Illinois. The goal is to use resources as efficiently as possible while creating a comprehensive early childhood system for the state.
Illinois Department of Human Services: Child Care Reports
Illinois created Department of Human Services in 1997, to provide Illinois residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency. An annual report is submitted by DHS to the Governor and Illinois General Assembly about the status of its child care programs. These programs are administered by the DHS Bureau of Child Care and Development and include the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and the Quality Improvement Programs.
Child Care and Early Education Research Connections
Child Care & Early Education Research Connections is a web-based, interactive database of research documents and public use data sets for conducting secondary analyses on topics related to early care and education. It promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policymaking. Its vision is that children are well cared for and have rich learning experiences, and their families are supported and able to work. This website contains research and data resources for researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and others.
Illinois Action for Children - Child Care in Cook County: Elements of Child Care Supply and Demand
This report discusses the demand for and supply of child care in Cook County. It presents data on children and poverty; the number of child care providers and their capacity; average child care rates; and the type of care sought by parents using Action for Children's Resource and Referral service.
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