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January 2017

Helping Dual Language Learners During Early Childhood

In her latest blog, Dr. Bernadette Laumann emphasizes that support for learning both English and the home language at the same time is critical for learning academic subjects. She suggests that teachers and caregivers intentionally plan strategies to facilitate young children’s language development in English while supporting the development of their home language. She also provides IEL resources, including three videos, to help them do so.

New to IEL: Kindergarten Learning Moments

IEL has created kindergarten Tip Sheets for each of the 14 state readiness measures assessed by the Kindergarten Individual Developmental Survey (KIDS). All 14 Tip Sheets are now available in English and Spanish. These graphic Tip Sheets also are useful to preschoolers and their families with helpful suggestions in the areas of math, language and literacy, regulation, and social and emotional development.

You Can Order Tip Sheets by Category

Did you know that you can easily order all Tip Sheets in 10 different categories through our online custom Tip Sheet order form? Among the categories is “Science, Engineering, Technology, & Media,” which has popular Tip Sheets such as Fun at Home with Preschoolers: Let’s Measure! as well as our Get Growing, Natural Illinois, Playground Physics, and Say Yes to the Mess! series. Order your Tip Sheets today!

Submit a Proposal for the Sharing A Vision Conference

The Sharing A Vision (SAV) Conference is requesting proposals for presentations for the October 25–27, 2017, biennial conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in East Peoria. The planning committee seeks proposals that support best practices in early education for young children birth to age 8. The deadline for submissions is January 31.

Help Us Serve You Better

The IEL Project wants to hear from you to learn how we can best serve you through our Web-based resources. Please complete our online survey and let us know how we can support you in your role as a parent, caregiver, or teacher of young children.

Question Answering Service

The Illinois Early Learning Project provides reliable resources and information in response to your questions on the parenting, care, and education of young children in Illinois. To take advantage of this service, please call our toll-free number at (877) 275-3227 during business hours or send us your question using our online form.

Upcoming Conferences

Illinois Head Start Association Annual Training and Parent Institute, Feb. 1–3, Normal, IL

Here and Now: Respecting Childhood (Collaboration for Early Childhood’s 14th Annual Symposium), Feb. 25, Oak Park, IL

Building Your Inclusion Toolbox, Feb. 27, Normal, IL

36th Annual PreK and Kindergarten Conference, March 1–3, Schaumburg, IL

Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ) Conference, March 1–4, Chicago, IL

20th Annual Ounce of Prevention Infant/Toddler Conference, March 4, Des Plaines, IL

The Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs (ABC-D) downstate conference, April 28, O’Fallon, IL

McCormick Center National Leadership Conference, May 17–20, Wheeling, IL

Summer Institute: The Project Approach, July 24–28, Davenport, IA

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For more information about the Illinois Early Learning Project, contact Bernadette Laumann at (877) 275-3227 or