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September 2021 (Also available in Spanish)

 
 

All Children Belong

 
 
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Young children with disabilities and developmental delays have a right to be included as full members of childcare settings, along with their typically developing peers. Our newest resource list, Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Childcare, contains links to information about early childhood special education and inclusive childcare for children ages 3–5.

 
 

Voting Project Teaches Children About Elections

 
 
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Local, state, and national elections occur often, and young children may hear about them from family, friends, and media outlets. If you are wondering how to teach children about the logistics of elections and voting, consider using the Project Approach. Learn more about how one classroom accomplished this by reading our most recent project example, The Voting Project.

 
 

Support Children in Solving Problems

 
 

When parents spend time at home with young children, problems are bound to arise, especially when parents are not available to intervene. Our latest blog, Teaching Your Child to Problem Solve, offers practical strategies for teaching children to work through dilemmas more independently.

 
 

ECC Members Publish Work on Refugees

 
 

Nicole Adams (University of Louisville) and Rosa Milagros Santos (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) are members of the Early Childhood Collective, which includes multiple projects aimed at providing evidence-based information and resources to strengthen families and help professionals enhance inclusive early care and education. Adams and Santos share some of the findings from their recent article that highlights what we know about refugee families and their children with disabilities in the United States. Did you know…

  • The United States has resettled more than 3.4 million refugees since the 1980s. The annual average of resettled refugees has ranged from 207,116 in 1980 to 22,491 in 2018.
  • Refugees experience a lengthy of vetting process before resettlement. Upon their placement in the United States, refugees receive assistance such as funds to cover their rent, food, clothing, and basic necessities for about three months. 
  • Refugee families encounter several systemic barriers related to accessing high-quality, inclusive special education services for their young children with disabilities.

Learn more in their recent publication A Call for Support for Refugee Families and Their Children with Disabilities.

 
 

Making Connections

 
 

Making Connections: Using the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and WIDA Early Years Resources to Plan Instruction for Young Multilingual Children is a free comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who want to plan equitable learning opportunities for young multilingual children. For more information and to register for free webinars focusing on this resource, click here. This resource is made available through a partnership between The Center: Early Childhood Professional Learning (ECPL) and WIDA Early Years. It is funded by ISBE.

 
 

We Want to Hear from You!

 
 

Are you new to Illinois Early Learning or have you been visiting our site and reading our materials for years? We want to hear from you! We have updated our user survey and would love for you to let us know your thoughts.

 
 

Upcoming Conferences

 
 

Environmental Association of Illinois EdVentures for Early Childhood Mini-Conference, September 14, 16, and 18, a virtual event

GoAEYC’s Virtual Back to School Event, September 18

Division for Early Childhood 2021 Fall Conference, September 20–24, a virtual event

Illinois Developmental Therapy Association Conference, October 1, a virtual event

Sharing A Vision, hosted by Illinois Division for Early Childhood (IDEC), October 7–8, a virtual event

 
 

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For more information about the Illinois Early Learning Project, contact us at (877) 275-3227 or iel@illinois.edu.

 
 

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