The Illinois Early Learning Project Web site is a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois.
- Draft of the revised Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards
The Illinois State Board of Education has released a draft of the revised Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards, Preschool, formerly the Illinois Early Learning Standards. This draft is being reviewed and critiqued by early childhood professionals from public and private schools, Head Start, colleges, universities and community-based early care and learning programs.
- The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
Looking for family-friendly resources in early intervention? The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse lends books and videos to any Illinois resident.
If you are working in a licensed center, licensed family child care program, or Head Start program, you may be eligible for a wage supplement from Great START (Strategy to Attract and Retain Teachers).
- IEL Newsletter
Keep up with the latest additions to the Illinois Early Learning Web site by subscribing to the IEL Monthly Electronic Newsletter!
- Frequently Asked Questions
Would you like more information on starting a family child care business in Illinois or just what the age is for a child to begin kindergarten in Illinois? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page!
- Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Birth to Age 3
Children’s experiences in the first three years of life influence how they develop, learn, and interact with their world. What can families, caregivers, and professionals do to support development and learning in babies and toddlers? What can we expect as our youngest children change and grow? The IEL Web site hosts this new 160-page resource.
The opinions, resources, and referrals provided on the IEL Web site are intended for informational purposes only and are not intended to take the place of medical or legal advice, or of other appropriate services. We encourage you to seek direct local assistance from a qualified professional if necessary before taking action.
The content of the IEL Web site does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Illinois Early Learning Project, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or the Illinois State Board of Education; nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the Illinois Early Learning Project, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or the Illinois State Board of Education.
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