Illinois Risk and Reach Report

Illinois Risk and Reach Report

Introduction

The Illinois Risk and Reach Report is a catalyst for transformative change that advances greater equity for Illinois children and prompts a more effective distribution of state resources.

This inaugural report provides county-by-county data on the well-being of young children in the areas of Family Stability, Health, and Early Care and Education that affect the well-being of young children and how Illinois is allocating resources to mitigate "risk" factors undermining child development.

This report can inform policy and program funding decisions made by governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders who can facilitate greater equity for Illinois children and more precisely address needs.

Data are visualized through tables and maps in three categories:

Risk: An analysis of a distinct number of indicators representing risk factors that affect child well-being and development

Reach: An analysis of the availability and distribution of publicly funded early childhood programs and services by geography (such as county, legislative district, etc.)

Fiscal: An analysis of birth through five publicly-funded programs and services comparing the most recent fiscal years.

The Illinois Risk and Reach Report Can Lead Change

Comprehensive Analysis

The Risk and Reach Project analyzes and translates data indicators in the areas of family stability, health and early care and education that affect the well-being of young children and how Illinois is allocating resources to mitigate “risk” factors undermining child development.

Data Toolset

The report and website present state, county, and legislative district data on “risk” factors experienced by children and the availability of publicly funded “reach” programs and services for children during their early years.

Guide

This report can inform policy and program funding decisions made by governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders to facilitate greater equity for Illinois children and more precisely address needs.

Who will use Risk and Reach?

  • Elected Officials and Policymakers

  • To inform policy decisions and resource allocation.

  • Advocates

  • To promote equitable distribution of resources for optimal child development.

  • Grassroots Leaders

  • To drive collective action at the local level.