Online Data Source:
- Birth data (by county), including characteristics associated with higher needs
- Report cards for Illinois school districts (as well as for specific schools)
- The Kids Count Data Center, managed in Illinois by Voices for Illinois Children
Additional community partners to contact for data:
- Child Care Resource and Referral agencies have information about low-income children in various child care settings.
- Head Start grantees conduct regular community needs assessments and are encouraged to share information collected through this process.
- Child and Family Connections offices coordinate Early Intervention/Part C services as well as a Local Interagency Council.
- Local health departments develop Community Health Plans through the MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership).
- Local United Ways often collect and analyze community data and may also have a “Success by Six” committee.
- The local school system may provide data about children in special education, kindergarten screening, and more. Illinois schools are scheduled to fully implement the KIDS (Kindergarten Individual Development Survey) in the 2015/16 school year.
- Chamber of Commerce, housing authority, city/county planning department, labor organizations, local hospitals, and non-profits are other potential sources of data.