Illinois Risk and Reach Report

Illinois Risk and Reach Report


The Illinois Risk and Reach Report is a collaborative effort of three organizations committed to ensuring young children have access to high-quality early childhood programs and services, and equitable opportunities to thrive.

ERIKSON INSTITUTE is the premier independent institution of higher education committed to ensuring all children realize their full potential. Erikson uniquely prepares child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children and their families.

We bring the newest scientific knowledge and theories of children’s development and learning into graduate education, professional training, community programs, and policymaking. Our goal is to improve the lives of children and families.

ILLINOIS EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSET MAP (IECAM) OF UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN provides information on existing services, the demographics of young children and their families, and state resources that serve young children.

THE FISCAL POLICY CENTER AT VOICES FOR ILLINOIS CHILDREN provides timely, credible, and accessible information and analysis on fiscal issues that affect children, families, and communities. Their work sub-sectiones on state budget and tax policy, as well as fiscal aspects of Voices’ policy priorities, including education, health care, human services, and family economic security.


The Risk and Reach Project is generously funded by:

Advisory Council

Thank you to the Risk and Reach Advisory Council for the time, thought and energy dedicated to developing the breadth and depth of this report to ensure its relevance for all early childhood stakeholders.

Risk and Reach Project Advisory Committee

Senator Omar Aquino
Illinois State Senate District 2

Karen Berman
Ounce of Prevention Fund

Representative Avery Bourne
Illinois State House of Representatives District 95

Tim Carpenter
Council for Strong America

Denise Castillo Dell Isola
Irving Harris Foundation

Charles Chang
Erikson Institute

Trey Childress
formerly of the Office of the Governor

Catherine Corr
University of Illinois College of Education

Paula Corrigan-Halpern
Children’s Home and Aid

Veronica Cortez
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Mary Doran
Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Ireta Gasner
Ounce of Prevention Fund

Phyllis Glink
Irving Harris Foundation

Andria Goss
Erikson Institute

Tasha Green Cruzat
Voices for Illinois Children

Diane Grigsby-Jackson
formerly of Illinois Department of Human Services

Cornelia Grumman
McCormick Foundation

Christina Hachikian
Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago

Dan Harris
Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

Theresa Hawley
Illinois Action for Children

Carisa Hurley
Illinois State Board of Education

Krishna V. Iyer
Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology

Kathryn M. Kelly
J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation

Jack King
formerly of the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology

Mitch Lifson
Voices for Illinois Children

Sophie Milam
Social Policy Solutions

Krishna V. Iyer
Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology

Lauri Morrison-Frichtl
Illinois Head Start Association

Geoff Nagle
Erikson Institute

Cristina Pacione-Zayas
Erikson Institute

Andrea Palmer
formerly of the Illinois Department of Public Health

Sylvia Puente
Latino Policy Forum

Elliot Regenstein
Foresight Law + Policy

Ginger Ostro
formerly of Advance Illinois

Hilary Scott

Sara Slaughter
W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation

Cynthia Tate
Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development

Dawn Thomas
Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map

Brandon Thorne
W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation

Tara Townsend

Molly Uhe-Edmonds
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Amy Zimmerman
Legal Council for Health Justice