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Project Overview

This project seeks to chart the combinations of programs and services in which Illinois children from birth to eight years old participate. We examine the myriad programs available to young children and their parents in Illinois, including early childhood education and care, home visiting, and other supports. We then use data from the Illinois Longitudinal Data System to map the flow of children through these programs (and combinations of programs).

Project 1: Overview of Illinois Early Childhood Programs and Services

IWERC began this portfolio of work by creating a comprehensive overview of Illinois early childhood programs and services that are provided at the state level. The report categorizes programs by the children served, the government agencies, the content, the delivery mechanisms, and the funding sources. More critically, it describes the evidence available for each program. The report—along with its figures and a summary table—can be found below.


IWERC’s Early Childhood Research Portfolio

A Comprehensive Overview of Early Childhood Programs and Services in Illinois

By Yi Wang, Ph.D. & Meg S. Bates, Ph.D.

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Programs by Age

Programs by Agency

Programs by Content

Programs by Delivery Method

Programs by Funding Stream

Summary Table

Project Team

Sarah Cashdollar

Sarah Cashdollar

Associate Director of Research, IWERC


Ying Chen

Research Associate, IWERC


Sebastian Kiguel

Research Associate, IWERC

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Yi Wang

Former Postdoctoral Research Associate, IWERC