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March 15, 2013 Cindy Zumwalt, Division Administrator Rhonda Clark, Principal Consultant Division of Early Childhood Illinois State Board of Education.

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1 March 15, 2013 Cindy Zumwalt, Division Administrator Rhonda Clark, Principal Consultant Division of Early Childhood Illinois State Board of Education

2 Importance of Early Childhood Education Challenges Opportunities Ensuring High-Quality Preschool Programs

3 Two-thirds of the achievement gap is already there when children walk in the door to kindergarten Early childhood interventions offer the highest return on investment of any strategy to address the achievement gap

4 Early Childhood Education is an efficient and effective investment for economic and workforce development. The earlier the investment, the greater the return on investment. Professor James J Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics at the University of Chicago

5 FY 09FY 10FY 11FY 12FY 13 Funding$380m$342m $325m$300m PFA 3-595,12391,91083,99778,60773,883* * estimated Funding

6 Provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn Knowledge and skills students should have within their K–12 education careers Potential impact on early childhood education programs

7 Mapping out the route to kindergarten readiness for children Birth to Three Early Learning Guidelines - New Three to Five Early Learning and Development Standards - Revised Developing resources and trainings for the entire field to better understand what children should know and be able to do at different ages/stages

8 Illinois was awarded $34.2 million in Phase 2 of the RTT-ELC on Illinois is one of only 14 states with ELC grant Grant funding is for 4 years, through 2016 Help Illinois to connect the children most at risk of school failure with the high-quality early learning programs they need

9 Deepening the integration of state supports to create a unified framework for all early learning and development programs. Preschool for All/Prevention Initiative Child Care Head Start/Early Head Start Connecting our most at-risk children with the supports and services they need Increasing program quality: from adequate to good and from good to great

10 To learn more about KIDS: illinoiskids.org

11 Comprehensive Developmental Screening Early Childhood Certified Teachers Standards-Aligned Research-Based Curriculum Ongoing Authentic Assessment Intentional Teaching Family Education Community Collaboration Reflective Practice

12 Aligned with Common Core Standards and Head Start frame work Ready to implement fall FY14

13 Three year rotation Program Improvement Plan Professional Development Offerings Coaching Model

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16 Illinois State Board of Education Division of Early Childhood

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