Why isn’t Johnny in preschool?

Source: POWER-PAC, Early Learning Committee Research and Recommendations, May 2009

High quality early education includes a range of early care and education programs such as Preschool for All, Head Start, and quality child care. Even though Illinois is a nationwide leader in creating high quality programs and guaranteeing access for all 3- and 4-year olds, in communities where we live, only a fraction of the children eligible for preschool are enrolled.

Our interviews found an alarming number of three- and four-year old children are not enrolled in any structured early education program.

Across three survey samples, between 40 and 64 percent of preschool-aged children were not enrolled in preschool or Head Start.

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