Through the PDG-E, Illinois became a Pyramid Model state and began implementing the evidence-based approach to fostering children’s social-emotional development at several PDG-E preschool programs. Preliminary findings from this pilot study can be found in this Evaluation Brief. The pilot will continue through December 2019 and additional evaluation activities are currently being conducted. A full evaluation report will be produced at the end of the grant period from our partners at Evaluation Partners, LLC.
On June 10, 2019, a diverse group of stakeholders from the Illinois early childhood community gathered for an important discussion of the state’s strategic visioning and planning. This meeting – hosted by the Illinois Early Learning Council Executive Committee – was focused on identifying a set of high-level priorities for the state, and then developing proposed strategies and metrics to support each of those priorities. This report provides a high-level summary of the results of the meeting.
Beginning in Pre-K, children who miss only 2 days of school each month are more likely to fall behind throughout their school career. Click here to read the summary of a study of Chicago Public School Pre-Kindergarten students to find out how attendance in the early school years impacts future attendance and learning.
The Illinois Early Learning Council Integration and Alignment Committee’s Mixed Delivery System Ad Hoc Committee was convened in 2018 and charged with addressing issues programs and families face when developing and accessing a robust early childhood Mixed Delivery System (with services delivered in both schools and community-based settings like child care and Head Start centers) in Illinois. The report provides more detail on the process of inquiry, the findings, and the recommendations. The Committee has included a detailed rationale for each recommendation, a vision for the future of Illinois, and proposed next steps. Implementing the recommendations proposed is a first step in developing a fully functioning, accessible, and reliable Mixed Delivery System which is vital to the future of Illinois, its children and its families.
Click here to read the full report.
The Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) was established by Executive Order in 2010 to advance a comprehensive, statewide early childhood system. Our office put together an Issue Brief that identifies five major issues in early childhood development in Illinois, describes work that GOECD is doing to move the State forward, and highlights opportunities to build on that work toward the achievement of our vision: Every young child develops to their maximum potential and thrives with the support of their families and communities.
Click here to read GOECD’s Issue Brief.
Click here to read GOECD’s 2019-2021 Strategic Plan Overview.
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