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August 2020

Updating Our Language About Children with Disabilities and Developmental Delays
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Illinois Early Learning (IEL) values the talents and contributions of all young children, including those with disabilities and developmental delays. For many years, we have had a blog related to working with these children called Children with Special Needs. We are updating our terminology to call the blog Children with Disabilities and Developmental Delays. You can learn more about why we changed our terminology by visiting our blog post, Rolling with the Times: Updating Our Language.

Learning Opportunities Abound with Help from IEL!
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Whether the young children in your life will be participating in learning at school or childcare or from home this fall, IEL can support you with activities to build into your day. Check out two of our tip sheet series (Path to Math and Natural Illinois) for lots of strategies to promote math and science skills. And, for quick, fun educational ideas, do some of our Learning at Home Activities. Take a break from planning and try these engaging 15- to 30-minute activities that can often be done with items already found in your home or neighborhood.

Resources and Information About Early Intervention

When a very young child, age birth to 3, exhibits signs of a disability or developmental delay, parents and caregivers can turn to early intervention services for support and guidance. IEL has published a new resource list about early intervention that offers a great starting point for anyone on this journey. Feel free to share it with others who might be searching for such support.

Charting Publicly Funded Early Childhood Programs in Illinois
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Have you ever wondered which state and federal agencies fund early childhood programs that serve children in the state of Illinois? Our Early Childhood Collective partner, the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map, has produced a free poster that maps out which programs serve children of different ages. The poster covers both state and federally funded programs. Fill out IECAM’s online form to get your poster today.

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

ILAEYC Growing Futures, October 22–24, virtual event

Piecing It All Together Conference, postponed until October 22, Collinsville, IL

Division for Early Childhood, January 21–29, 2021, recently announced as a virtual event.

Given the implications of COVID-19, many conferences and professional development offerings have been canceled. It is best to check with the sponsor before making plans to attend any event in the near future.

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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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