ERIC Number: ED463063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Ready, Set, Grow: Illinois Preschool. A Framework for Universal Access to Quality Preschool in Illinois.
The Illinois Governor's Task Force on Universal Access to Preschool is part of a broad-based effort to increase the quality of life for all children in Illinois. This report presents the action plan developed by this task force and calls for the creation of Illinois Preschool, a program giving all Illinois families quality preschool options for 3- and 4-year-olds. Part 1 of this report delineates the elements of Illinois Preschool and the activities integral to its success. Part 2 details potential monetary benefits to the state from investing in preschool education. Part 3 describes existing programs serving families with young children, discusses the limitations of the current structure, and describes how the new system will be implemented. Part 4 discusses how quality will be built into Illinois Preschool through a research-driven curriculum and structure, continuity from birth through elementary school, communication with and involvement of parents, teacher and staff education standards, and evaluation for program tracking and improvement. Part 5 discusses making preschool teacher salaries commensurate with those of the local school district, building higher education capacity to train the additional preschool teachers needed, creating incentives and supports for current teachers and administrators, and coordinating professional development and training. Part 6 describes the development of an integrated system stressing collaboration across programs within communities. Part 7 outlines the 5-year implementation of Illinois Preschool, beginning in 2002. Part 8 summarizes budgets for the 5-year period and discusses financing strategies. Part 9 describes the need for a sophisticated campaign to inform parents of choices, prepare providers, spread the program to communities, and build support for legislation and funding mechanisms. The report concludes with a list of task force members and other participants and of the regional community forums. (KB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Budgeting, Compensation (Remuneration), Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Partnerships in Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Professional Development, Program Descriptions, Public Opinion, Public Support, State Programs, State Standards, Teacher Education
The Governor's Task Force on Universal Access to Preschool, Office of the Governor, 100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 16-100, Chicago, IL 60601. Tel: 312-814-2121; Fax: 312-814-8201; Web site: http://www.state.il.us; Web site: http://www.futures4kids.org. For full text: http://www.state.il.us/learning/preschool access.cfm. For full text: www.state.il.us/learning/pdf/inside.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Chicago Community Trust, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois