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ILLINOIS KIDS COUNT 2015

Voices for Illinois Children’s annual Illinois Kids Count reports examine the quality of life facing children and families throughout the state. The county-level and statewide statistics demonstrate trends, illustrate needs, and support policy proposals. By providing these measures of child well-being, Illinois Kids Count aims to enrich discussions about ways to ensure better futures for all children.

The Illinois Kids Count 2015 report, “Confronting Poverty, Creating Opportunity,” reveals that the extent and persistence of child poverty reflect not only the lingering effects of the Great Recession, but longer-term economic trends as well. Child poverty rates are likely to remain high even as the economy improves. About one in five children in our state — more than 600,000 — live in poverty. Growing up in poverty can have adverse effects on children’s school readiness, academic achievement, physical health, and social-emotional development, as well as social and economic outcomes in adulthood. The report also identifies policies at both the federal and state levels that have been effective in alleviating and reducing child poverty. Unfortunately, existing efforts at the state level would be seriously weakened by the Governor’s proposed FY 2016 budget, which includes deep cuts in health care, child care assistance, child protection services, and other areas.

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Illinois Kids Count 2015: “Confronting Poverty, Creating Opportunity”

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A limited number of Illinois Kids Count 2015 report hard copies are available by request. Please contact Joan Vitale for details at jvitale@voices4kids.org or (312) 516-5555.

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FOREWORD: Confronting Child Poverty in Illinois
Gaylord Gieseke, President, Voices for Illinois Children

INTRODUCTION: Trends, Challenges, and Policy Strategies
Measuring Poverty Overview

CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND POVERTY
Data: child poverty rates, family poverty rates, race and ethnicity

CHILD POVERTY IN METROPOLITAN CHICAGO
Data: child population, child poverty rates, child poverty population

Community Areas in Chicago (Map)
Suburban Cook County by Township (Map)

EMPLOYMENT AND FAMILY INCOME
Data: employment, earnings, family income

EFFECTS OF CHILD POVERTY
Data: family health, preschool participation, academic achievement,
child abuse and neglect, former foster youth, youth unemployment, juvenile justice

POLICIES AND PROGRAMS FOR LOW-INCOME CHILDREN
Major Economic Security Programs for Illinois Families with Children

Data: medical assistance programs, income security programs,
state-funded preschool, afterschool, higher education

COUNTY DATA (40 LARGEST COUNTIES)
Illinois Counties (Map)
Child Population by Race-Ethnicity
Child Poverty Population
Child Poverty Rates
Children in Deep Poverty
Child Poverty Population by Race-Ethnicity
Median Family Income
Unemployment Rates
Employment
Child Abuse and Neglect
Households with Children Receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits
Federal Earned income Tax Credit
Enrollment of Children in Medical Assistance Programs

ESSAYS
Poverty and Early Childhood Development
ARIEL KALIL
University of Chicago

Great Teaching in Early Childhood Education
ELLIOT REGENSTEIN
The Ounce of Prevention Fund

The Impact of Poverty on Young Latino Children
MARICELA GARCIA
Gads Hill Center

Expanding Early Learning Opportunities in High-Need Communities
HOY MCCONNELL
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest

Transforming the Lives of Parents and Children Together
TERRI J. SABOL, TERESA ECKRICH SOMMER, P. LINDSAY CHASE-LANSDALE
Northwestern University

Where Possibility Lives (Out-of-School Time Programs)
BARBARA MOSACCHIO, LATASHA BATTIE
Chicago Youth Centers

Evidence-Based Practices in Juvenile Justice
GEORGE W. TIMBERLAKE
Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission

The Importance of Medicaid for Low-Income Children
EDWARD A. PONT
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

The Earned Income Tax Credit Works
JACQUELINE COLLINS, State Senator, 16th District
BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE, State Representative, 25th District

Child Care Supports for Low-Income Parents and Their Children
RACHEL A. GORDON
University of Illinois at Chicago

Job Quality for Women: Wages and Beyond
ANNE LADKY, NATALY BARRERA
Women Employed

Suburban Poverty and the Challenges of Both Public Perception and Public Policy
ROBIN SNYDERMAN
BRicK Partners, LLC

Visit the Kids Count Data Center for even more statewide and county-level data that cover a range of areas.