Community-Based Planning for Expansion
As part of the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Renewal and in partnership with the Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, Illinois Action for Children (IAFC) implemented the Community-Based Planning for Expansion (CBP) project. The CBP project was developed in response to over 20 years of data that consistently showed high unmet need for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services in certain communities. Between 2020 and 2022, the CBP project provided support in 14 communities to strengthen community systems and to identify community-level applicants for federal and state funding.
The CBP project supplied communities with systems knowledge, demographic data, and planning capacity to plan for how they would take advantage of projected increases in ECEC funding. The goal of the three-year project was to promote the readiness of the participating communities to successfully compete for funding to expand publicly funded ECEC services.
Learn more about communities’ experiences with the Community Based Planning Project and access the Community Based Planning for Expansion Resource Guide.