Below are resources for early childhood professionals and those serving the early childhood community.

Inaugural Illinois Risk and Reach Report  The Illinois Risk and Reach report offers a set of data tools (including a comprehensive early childhood focused report) along with an interactive website that brings together an analysis of child well-being indicators in relation to state investments in three areas: family stability, health, and early care and education.

All Our Kids Early Childhood Networks  The Notice of Funding Opportunity for the All Our Kids Early Childhood Networks initiative grant has been posted.  The GA-1251 will open the three-page Uniform Application for State Grant Assistance form that needs to be completed and submitted with your proposal.

Illinois Risk and Reach Report  The Report provides county-by-county data on the well-being of children and the public resources available to them. Data are organized by three domains (Family Stability, Health, and Early Care and Education) and provide necessary information for critical policy and funding decisions.

Strengthening the Early Childhood Education Continuum  This Policy Guide draws on work with five states to provide context and guidance for policymakers looking to strengthen the pre-K to K-3 continuum and create opportunities to close the achievement gap. It includes a tear-out page of guiding questions at the end.

How Playful Learning Can Help Leapfrog Progress in Education  If the education sector stays on its current trajectory, half of all youth around the world entering the workforce in 2030 will lack basic secondary-level skills they need to thrive—from literacy and numeracy to critical thinking and problem solving.   We believe that leapfrogging, or rapid nonlinear progress, is needed to change this trajectory.  Read the report

Research Finds Pre-K Enrollment, Spending Stagnant, As Key Federal Early Learning Grants Are About to Dry Up  “Those grants go away this year … States are going to have to find a way to fill that budget hole,” Steven Barnett, co-director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, said on a webinar with reporters Tuesday.

Two Reports Endorse Investment in Illinois Early Childhood Education  A pair of reports released this week offered supporting arguments for one of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s top priorities: increasing investment in early childhood education.

2020 Young Scholars Program Call for Proposals  The Foundation for Child Development is currently accepting proposals for its 2020 Young Scholars Program (YSP). YSP supports scholarship for early career researchers. The program funds implementation research that is policy and practice-relevant and that examines the preparation, competency, compensation, well-being, and on-going professional learning of the early care and education (ECE) workforce. Research awards are up to $225,000 for primary research and up to $180,000 for secondary data analysis. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is Monday, June 10, 2019, at 3:00pm EST.

Legislative Plan Provides ‘Roadmap’ for Boosting Early Ed Access in CA  The report lays out a plan to gradually increase access to care and education programs for families in poverty, and it encourages stronger partnerships between school districts and early learning providers. (Education Dive)

Building Early Education Leaders  In the first installment of a new series focused on elementary leaders, New America takes a closer look at how states and districts are equipping principals to support young learners.

Could ‘Redshirting’ Become A Thing of the Past in Illinois?  A bill that recently passed in the Illinois Senate and is under consideration in the House would require children in the state to attend kindergarten if they are 5 years old by May 31. Advocates hope it can help combat achievement gaps early.