Linking Home-Based Child Care and State-Funded Preschool

The Community Connections Preschool Program (Illinois Action for Children)

Posted May 1, 2011
By Child Trends and the National Center for Children in Poverty
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The Community Connections preschool program was developed in 2006 by the Illinois Action for Children (IAFC) to help prepare children in home-based child care for success in school and in life. It has three goals:

  1. to make state prekindergarten classroom experiences available to children in home-based care;
  2. to extend classroom learning experiences in the home-based care setting; and
  3. to support infant and toddler development in participating providers' homes.

This report describes the methodology and findings of Phase 1 of the evaluation of the Community Connections model.

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Key Takeaway

the Community Connections preschool program model

Illinois Action for Children formed the Community Connections program model in 2005 to meet the need of children who were in home-based care and, as consequence, excluded from the "Preschool for All" initiative..