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December 2018

Keep Young Children Safe in the Car

IEL has revised its tip sheet Keep Young Children Safe in the Car to align to the latest rules regarding car safety seats and positioning young children’s seats when transporting them in vehicles. This tip sheet is available in Spanish, Polish, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, and French.

Attendance Matters!

Attendance in preschool and the early grades greatly impacts young children’s learning and development. Young children are forming habits that may last well into their elementary school years. The IEL Project has developed a Preschool Attendance Tool Kit that teachers may use to encourage young children’s attendance. Check out the ideas for winter break to encourage families to have their children return to preschool after the holidays.

Resources for Prevention Initiative Programs

Our infant/toddler tip sheets can be downloaded from the website or mailed to you if you have an Illinois address. Early Learning Moments videos are available to share with families of infants and toddlers when discussing development and the strategies for interaction found on the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Age Birth to Three (IELG). Guidelines videos show and describe the strategies teachers or caregivers use in child care settings to help children meet IELG standards.

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

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

Opening Minds, Feb. 6–9, Chicago, IL

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference, February 11–13, Chicago, IL

Illinois TESOL 44th Annual Convention, February 22–23, Lisle, IL

ILASCD Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Conference, March 6–8, Schaumburg, IL

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We'd Like to Hear From You

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

Note: The Illinois Early Learning Project office will be closed Dec. 24 – Jan. 2 for winter break.