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Demand for Public Pre-K in Chicago

Published:   March 8, 2010
Illinois' public pre-K program -- Preschool for All -- has been considered a national model for several reasons, not the least because it uses community-based providers (like non-profit preschools and child care centers) and is considered to be of high quality. (According to quality criteria set by the National Institute for Early Education Research, the program hits 9 of 10 benchmarks.) But how is it faring in a recession? Rebecca Harris, a reporter for Catalyst Chicago, has been following that story closely in the windy city. Lisa Guernsey spoke with Rebecca about one of her recent stories on the inability of Preschool for All to meet demand in Chicago in light of current budget cuts.