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IECAM Newsletter, FY2018 Issue 9

Preschool for All Expansion Grant Data Now Available

IECAM has added Preschool for All expansion grant data for FY2016 to its tabular data search. Preschool For All expansion grant funds are used to implement and sustain high-quality preschool programs that reach and serve 3- to 5-year-old children in high-need communities. Statewide, the expansion grant program had a capacity of 3,190 at 106 sites in FY2016. Through the tabular data search, you can get program data by counties, zip codes, school districts, ISBE and IDHS regions, cities and townships, Chicago community areas, congressional districts, and state House and Senate districts.

PFA expansion grants include the following components: a full school day of instruction; a teacher with professional educator license with early childhood endorsement and special education, bilingual, and/or English as a second language endorsement as indicated by the population served; a teacher aide with endorsement as a paraprofessional educator; a class of no more than 20 children; a curriculum and assessment system aligned with Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards; comprehensive services, including connections to health, mental health, dental, and social services; intensive parent engagement service; provision of snacks and meals; and universal and targeted supports for positive behavioral and social-emotional development.