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April 2017

Confidence and Risk-Taking Is Focus of Latest Early Learning Moment

IEL has added a new Early Learning Moment on Confidence and Risk-Taking to help caregivers foster confidence in young children as well as developmentally appropriate risk-taking to learn new skills. Using videos and developmental information, Illinois Early Learning Moments demonstrate the strategies for interaction outlined in the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines (IELGs). Four other Early Learning Moments are also available: Creativity, Inventiveness, and Imagination; Curiosity and Initiative; Persistence, Effort, and Attentiveness; and Problem Solving.

Parallel Talk: A Simple Way to Provide English Vocabulary

In her latest blog, Dr. Bernadette Laumann discusses how Illinois teachers and caregivers increasingly find themselves in settings where young dual language learners speak a number of different home languages. This can provide new challenges in helping young children expand their English vocabulary. Parallel talk, where a teacher or caregiver watches and describes but does not expect any response from the child, is one strategy that may be used with all children to increase their language skills.

Showcase Your Program at the Sharing A Vision Conference

Want to share unique features of your programs, innovative ideas or techniques, or the results of your research and evaluation efforts? The 2017 Sharing A Vision Early Childhood Conference, to be held October 25–27 in East Peoria, will again include a Showcasing event, a wonderful opportunity for networking and exchanging ideas! There will be one free conference registration per approved Showcasing project.

Order Illinois Early Learning Guidelines Posters and Brochures

Are you looking for written materials about the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Ages Birth to Age 3 (IELG) to share with caregivers and families? The Illinois Early Learning Project will mail IELG posters and brochures free of charge to any address within the state of Illinois. The posters and brochures are available in English and Spanish. Please use the online form or call us at (877) 275-3227 to order these resources.

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

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

YWCA of Lake County 2017 Child Care Conference & Business Expo, May 6, Deerfield, IL

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

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

Sharing A Vision Conference, Oct. 25–27, East Peoria, IL

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