Over the period 2011 to 2016, Illinois made substantial new investment in its early care and education system. This research series examines whether the availability of quality child care for low income working families – in particular, those eligible to receive the child care subsidy – increased during this period in two Illinois regions, Cook County and a 7-county region in Southwestern Illinois. This three-part series looks at whether access to quality child care improved for children under age 6, for infants and during non-traditional care hours.
On October 29, 2019, Public Policy Research and Advocacy colleagues David Alexander and Maria Estlund hosted an informative webinar that unpacked the findings and discussed the implications for early care and education policy.
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For more materials, including a brief on key findings and a regional analysis, click on the links below.
Overall, we found improvement in the number of quality-designated slots for Cook County and Southwestern Illinois children birth-to-five programs that accept Illinois Child Care Assistance.
The findings in the report respond to the following questions:
This report examines changes to the supply of quality infant care, whether this care was affordable to the parents who participated in the child care subsidy program, the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), and whether quality infant supply grew in the communities where subsidy-eligible families live.
This brief analyzes the access that subsidy-eligible parents in the two Illinois study sites had to quality child care programs with early morning and evening schedules. Our focus is on child care supply rather than demand, and we conservatively selected earlier morning and later evening cut-off times for our definition of “nonstandard hours” of care: beginning before 7 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. or later.