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April 2019

Peekaboo, Cattle Roundup Featured in New Parenting Videos
 
 

IEL parenting videos are free to use during home visits, family engagement activities, and during professional development programs for early care and education staff members. Our newest videos, Peekaboo! and Rounding Up the Cows, include examples of how the children in the videos are indicating progress toward curiosity and initiative standards in the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Age Birth to Three Years (IELGs).

 
Check Out Our Infant/Toddler Tip Sheets
 
 

IEL staff have created a set of tip sheets that address topics around development and caring for infants and toddlers. Home visitors, families, and care providers may download and print them or have the set of infant/toddler tip sheets mailed to them. A popular tip sheet is Tech Time for Infants and Toddlers. This tip sheet also is available in Spanish, Polish, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, and French.

 
New Blogs Explore Spring Gardening, DLL Resources
 
 

Two new blogs are available to share with teachers, caregivers, and families of young children. Now that spring is back, Get Growing by Rebecca Swartz discusses a number of hands-on learning opportunities for young children to use their senses and discover the properties of soil, water, and plants. Also, teachers may have several different languages spoken in their early care and education classroom, and Resources to Help Serve Dual Language Learners by Bernadette Laumann outlines some high-quality resources that are available to assist teachers of young children who are dual language speakers.

 
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

Leadership Connections National Conference, May 9–11, Wheeling, IL

14th Annual Bilingual Parents Summit, May 11, Oak Brook, IL

Becoming Young Thinkers Institute, June 11–13, Peoria, IL

5th Annual Birth-to-Third Grade (B3) Continuity Conference, June 12–13, Bloomington, IL

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