The System in Illinois
The work to determine the adequacy and ascertain the level of inequity of the current ECEC system is foundational to right the wrong that state system inadvertently create. However, the ECTT emphasizes that states also need a mechanism by which funding is distributed that overrides the disjointed nature of the ‘system’.
Right now, in Illinois, the highest quality programs pay for their program by being savvy and leveraging more than one funding stream and ‘layer the per-child funding’ they have to run their program. This is completely legal and, in fact, is what has been standardized as a way to make up for inadequate funding in any one funding stream/program.
These are the currently existing funding streams that a community-based childcare program could possibly access. Agencies who administer any one of these programs have no view or knowledge of what other funds the program might also receive.