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September 2018

New Graphic Tip Sheet: Get Ready to Read

Our new graphic tip sheet, Get Ready to Read, gives parents ideas on how to set their young child up for reading and writing by building knowledge, skills, and habits that create a strong foundation for future literacy. Share this tip sheet with families on home visits, in playgroups, at children’s libraries, at resource fairs, and at screening appointments. (Also available in Spanish, Polish, Arabic, and French. Check back soon for versions in Korean and Simplified Chinese.)

New Early Learning Moment Looks at Physical Development and Health

Our latest Early Learning Moment provides an overview of the Physical Development and Health domain of the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Ages Birth to Three Years (IELGs). It shows how very young children interact with their environment using their growing physical abilities and how adults caring for them are keeping them safe and healthy. The Illinois Early Learning Moments provide video examples aligned to the IELGS. They are free to use during home visits, family engagement events, staff trainings, and in course work.

Two New Benchmark Videos Illustrate Bilingual Education

Our two new benchmark videos, Retelling Caps for Sale and Talking About Numbers and Letters, were filmed in a bilingual PreK classroom. Each video has captions as well as a full transcript between the teacher and students available in both English and Spanish. Each benchmark video illustrates how the interactions between the teacher and children address many benchmarks in the the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (IELDS).

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

GoAEYC, Back to School Conference, Sept. 15, Palatine, IL

ISBE Preschool for All Administrators’ Forum, Sept. 25–26, Champaign, IL

DuPage Chapter of ILAEYC, Addressing Children’s Mental Health Symposium, Sept. 29, Lisle, IL (mail in registration only:

National Zero to Three Conference, Oct. 3–5, Denver, CO. 

ILAEYC Growing Futures Conference, Oct. 18–20, Peoria, IL

Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Conference, Oct. 23–26, Orlando, FL

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