100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2017 and 2018
Introduced 2/16/2018, by Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the School Code. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2018, any
publicly funded early childhood program receiving Preschool for All Block
Grant funds or Preschool for All Expansion Block Grant funds shall collect
and review its chronic absence data and determine what systems of support
and resources are needed to engage chronically absent students and their
families to encourage the habit of daily attendance and promote success;
defines "chronic absence". Sets forth actions that are encouraged. Provides
that, on or before July 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, an early
childhood program shall report all the data collected to the State Board of
Education, which shall make the report publicly available via the Illinois
Early Childhood Asset Map Internet website and the Preschool for All
Program or Preschool for All Expansion Program triennial report. Effective
July 1, 2018.
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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The School Code is amended by adding Section
26-19 as follows:
(105 ILCS 5/26-19 new)
Chronic absenteeism in preschool children.
(a) In this Section, "Chronic absence" has the meaning
ascribed to that term in Section 26-18 of this Code.
(b) The General Assembly makes all of the following
(1) The early years are an extremely important period
in a child's learning and development.
(2) Missed learning opportunities in the early years
make it difficult for a child to enter kindergarten ready
(3) Attendance patterns in the early years serve as
predictors of chronic absenteeism and reduced educational
outcomes in later school years. Therefore, it is crucial
that the implications of chronic absence be understood and
reviewed regularly in all publicly funded early childhood
programs receiving State funds under Section 2-3.71 of this