Reports

Illinois Child Care Data

The following reports and publications have been produced by INCCRRA or have been significantly impacted by data and/or analysis conducted by INCCRRA.

2022

Illinois Child Care COVID Impact Report
The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) received support from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to closely examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the early childhood education industry in Illinois. This report explores some of the overarching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state's early childhood educators, parents, and the industry as a whole from March 2020 to June 30, 2021. Using a mix of quantitative and qualitative analyses, we researched changes in enrollment, funding, staffing, finances, virtual learning, and more. Among other things, we found large differences in enrollment, new changes to keep everyone safe, and high stress levels among providers and staff members.

Child Care Annual Report FY2021 
As required by State Statute 20 ILCS 505/5.15, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) submits an annual report to the Governor and Illinois General Assembly about the status of its child care program. The program is administered by the IDHS Division of Early Childhood (DEC), formerly the Office of Early Childhood. This report includes information on the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), including response to the COVID-19 pandemic within CCAP and Quality Improvement Programs. The 2021 Illinois Child Care Report includes information for the Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021), FY20 and FY19. The data in this report are from: a) the Child Care Management System (CCMS), b) the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies' (INCCRRA) aggregate database of the local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) parent customers, child care providers, and professional development activities; and c) the Gateways to Opportunity Registry. IDHS thanks the thousands of center-based staff, family child care providers and CCR&R staff for their support in the care and education of Illinois children. The Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (IDCFS) is the agency responsible for licensing child care providers.

Market Rate Survey of Licensed Child Care Programs in Illinois FY2021 
In order to receive Child Care and Development Fund (CCFD) funds, every state must conduct a market rate survey or use an alternative methodology to analyze whether child care subsidies adequately allow child care subsidy recipients equitable choice and access among child care providers. This report includes analysis of data as of December 31, 2020, to determine the market rate for child care as defined by license status, type of care, child age, and geographic region.

Salary & Staffing Survey FY2021 
High quality child care improves children's experiences and developmental outcomes and also contributes to a prepared, productive, and stable current and future workforce. Practitioners who work in child care settings are responsible for the quality of care and early education provided to children and their families.

2021

Illinois' Early Childhood Education Workforce 2020 Report 
The Gateways to Opportunity Registry was established in 2009 to be a comprehensive workforce data repository for Illinois' early childhood education professionals. This report provides rich, descriptive data about the workforce and addresses topics including demographics; education, preparation, and ongoing training; credentials attained; wages; and turnover/longevity.

The Workforce Behind the Workforce 
A 2020 Snapshot of Illinois' Early Childhood Educators.

2020

Illinois Salary and Staffing Survey of Licensed Child Care Facilities FY2019
This report describes: (1) the number of qualified caregivers attracted to vacant positions and any problems encountered by facilities in attracting and retaining capable caregivers; (2) the qualifications of new caregivers hired at licensed child care facilities during the previous two-year period; and (3) the average wages and salaries and fringe benefits paid to caregivers throughout the State computed on a regional basis.

2019

Market Rate Survey of Licensed Child Care Programs in Illinois FY2018
In order to receive Child Care and Development Fund (CCFD) funds, every state must conduct a market rate survey or use an alternative methodology to analyze child care subsidies adequately allow child care subsidy recipients equitable choice and access among child care providers. This report includes analysis of data as of December 31, 2017, to determine the market rate for child care as defined by license status, type of care, child age, and geographic region.

2018

Illinois' Early Childhood Education Workforce 2017 Report - (Executive Summary)
The Gateways to Opportunity Registry was established in 2009 to be a comprehensive workforce data repository for Illinois' early childhood education professionals. This report provides rich, descriptive data about the workforce and addresses topics including demographics; education, preparation, and ongoing training; credentials attained; wages; and turnover/longevity.

The College Enrollment and Completion Patterns of Gateways Credential Holders (Executive Summary)
This Study examines the recent interactions between Gateways Credential holders and post secondary institutions in Illinois, and includes analysis related to characteristics of credential holders, completion of post secondary degrees and certificates, and some attributes of enrollment and persistence within Illinois community colleges, as well as public and private bachelor's granting institutions within the state of Illinois.

Illinois Salary and Staffing Survey of Licensed Child Care Facilities FY2017
This report describes: (1) the number of qualified caregivers attracted to vacant positions and any problems encountered by facilities in attracting and retaining capable caregivers; (2) the qualifications of new caregivers hired at licensed child care facilities during the previous two-year period; and (3) the average wages and salaries and fringe benefits paid to caregivers throughout the State computed on a regional basis.

2017

Infant Toddler Teacher Quality Initiative – Task Force Policy Recommendations
The Infant Toddler Teacher Quality Initiative (ITTQI) Task Force was convened in spring 2016 through a partnership between the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and INCCRRA with support from key state agencies including the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, Illinois Department of Human Services Bureau of Child Care and Development, and the Illinois State Board of Education. The task force was charged to develop a comprehensive, statewide set of recommendations designed to ensure a well-qualified, infant/toddler teacher workforce will support achievement of Illinois substantive goals related to positive child and family outcomes as related to key federal and state initiatives ultimately improving the quality of services provided through strengthened infant/toddler teacher preparation. This report is reflective of the collective work and vision of the task force.

2016

Infant Toddler Workforce - Professional Development Needs and Gaps
This data brief describes what we have learned through Illinois’ Infant Toddler Teacher Quality Initiative (ITTQI) about the professional development needs and preferences of the infant/toddler workforce, as well as the characteristics of professional development opportunities that current exist for this workforce.

Characteristics of the Infant Toddler Workforce in Illinois
In Illinois, there are nearly 11,000 licensed center-based and home-based early care and education programs licensed to serve infants and toddlers.  This data brief describes the characteristics of teaching staff working with infants and toddlers in licensed center-based programs in order to provide context for considering policy and programmatic supports for this workforce.

Illinois Salary and Staffing Survey of Licensed Child Care Facilities FY2015
This report describes: (1) the number of qualified caregivers attracted to vacant positions and any problems encountered by facilities in attracting and retaining capable caregivers; (2) the qualifications of new caregivers hired at licensed child care facilities during the previous two-year period; and (3) the average wages and salaries and fringe benefits paid to caregivers throughout the State computed on a regional basis.

 2015

Market Rate Survey of Licensed Child Care Program in Illinois FY2014
In order to receive Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) funds, every state must conduct a market rate survey or use an alternative methodology to analyze whether child care subsidies adequately allow child care subsidy recipients equitable choice and access among child care providers.  This report includes analysis of data as of December 31, 2013 to determine the market rate for child care as defined by license status, type of care, child age, and geographic region.

Poverty and Young Children in Illinois (Infographic)
In 2013, 1 in 5 children under the age of 6 in Illinois lived in poverty. Recent census data reveals that just over one-third of Illinois counties experienced an increase in child poverty in 2013. View the data sources for this infographic.

2014

Illinois Families and the Cost of Child Care FY 2013 Report
The field of early care and education has a well-known trilemma of quality, affordability, and availability – efforts to increase or improve one aspect may decrease or reduce others.  This report puts valuable data into the hands of parents, early care and education programs, and policy makers to inform them in making the best decisions for children and families in Illinois.