Illinois Unified System Planning Project

Dates: 2012-2013

State: Illinois

Client(s): American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

Service: Health Information Technology

Technical Expertise: Health Information Technology

Illinois has more than 20 programs to ensure the health and well-being of young children across the State. However, lack of coordination among educators, program staff and families creates silos of information and results in varying levels of service delivery and program effectiveness.

JSI reviewed Illinois' early childhood programs and their technology-based systems and provided detailed recommendations for the development and implementation of the Unified Early Childhood Development System. "The Unified System" supported the Illinois’ early childhood programs by making data on children (e.g., health, demographic, referrals, attendance, etc.) more accessible to families/parents, teachers, program staff, state administrators and policy makers. The Unified System also enabled the state to evaluate and improve these programs, directing scarce resources effectively and efficiently to best serve Illinois’ children.

JSI anticipates that the Unified System will help to ensure that there is no wrong point of entry for children and their families when accessing needed services. Integrating the Unified System with the Illinois Healthcare and Human Service Framework can further enable the integration of health, education, and social service systems to ensure that Illinois’ children have the best chance of surpassing educational and developmental goals and benchmarks.