Expanding Access to Early Head Start: State Initiatives for Infants and Toddlers at Risk (Illinois)
Learn how since 1998, Illinois has extended the day/year of existing Early Head Start Services through policies to ease blending funds.
Expanding Access to Early Head Start, a joint report by ZERO TO THREE and CLASP, draws on newly conducted research on state efforts to expand and enhance access to Early Head Start services for infants, toddlers, and their families. The federal Early Head Start program was created to help minimize the disparities caused by poverty by supporting the healthy development of expectant mothers and low-income infants and toddlers in the context of their families and communities. However, less than 4 percent of babies and toddlers who are eligible for Early Head Start are currently being served. This report describes the diverse strategies states are using to build upon Early Head Start and offers recommendations for states interested in expanding this proven program. It builds on a previous paper, Building on the Promise: State Initiatives to Expand Access to Early Head Start for Young Children and their Families, released by the two organizations in 2008.
Since 1998, Illinois has extended the day/year of existing Early Head Start Services through policies to ease blending funds. In 2007 Illinois began providing resources to child care to attain EHS standards. Also in 2007 Illinois began support EHS-child care partnerships to deliver EHS. Since 2012, Illinois has expanded the capacity of EHS programs by selecting the EHS home-based program option as one of the models to implement under the MIECHV program. In 2014, Illinois projected serving 1448 children through the new Early Head Start “Child Care Partnerships funding of $18.1 million. See: https://www.nhsa.org/files/resources/illinois_fact_sheet.pdf
For further information on the state, see Expanding Access to Early Head Start: Read the full report at www.zerotothree.org/expandingehs. Read in-depth profiles on the states initiatives at: http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/pdf/state-ehs-profiles/illinois-cc-collab-profile.pdf
This report describes the diverse strategies states are using to build upon Early Head Start and offers recommendations for states interested in expanding this proven program.
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