The Case for Change


Low Levels of Kindergarten Readiness

The lack of access to high-quality ECEC contributes to low levels of kindergarten readiness in Illinois.

There are also significant disparities in readiness by race, with 23% of Black and 17% of Hispanic students demonstrating full readiness as compared to 35% of White and Asian students.

While many factors contribute to kindergarten readiness, providing high-quality parenting support and early education is a proven strategy for supporting young children’s success, a strategy whose promise is not being fully realized in Illinois.