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October 2018

Find Evidence-Based Resources for Early Care and Education

IEL has several resource lists that address topics in early care and education. Our latest resource list is Make a Mess and Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). Teachers, parents, and caregivers can be assured that items on the resource lists are carefully selected for evidence-based content and produced by highly reputable sources.

The Pumpkin Project Explores a Fall Favorite

The Pumpkin Project describes an investigation by children and teachers in an inclusive preschool classroom. Throughout the project the children and their families communicated about their project work through photos, videos, notes, and a private Facebook page. The project’s culminating activity was an open house where families enjoyed pumpkin pie made by their children.

Developmentally Appropriate “Show and Tell”

A new blog by Crystal Williams describes strategies for developmentally appropriate “Show and Tell” activities in early care and education settings. She describes how teachers and caregivers can adapt this activity to best meet children’s developmental trajectory from infancy through the preschool years.

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 Conference, Oct. 18–20, Peoria, IL

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

National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Nov. 14–17, Washington, DC

9th Annual ABC Conference, Nov. 16, Palos Hills, IL

42nd Annual Statewide Conference for Teachers Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students, Dec. 4–7, Oak Brook, IL

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