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October 2019

New Early Learning Moment Video: Social and Emotional Development
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Parents and caregivers have many questions about the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers. Our new Early Learning Moment video provides an overview of the major concepts of social and emotional development in the lives of young children. Early Learning Moment videos are great to use to illustrate key concepts in child development and early learning. Try using them in parent education and teacher training.

Listening to Family Voices in Early Childhood Programs
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When families and early childhood professionals take time for meaningful conversation and deep listening, they are better able to work together. Working together helps early childhood programs support children in meaningful ways. Learn more about why listening to family voices is important in our new podcast featuring Dr. Christine Spence.

Coaching Teachers in the Project Approach

Young children benefit from inquiry-based learning opportunities such as those found in classrooms that use the Project Approach. Teachers may need a little help getting started with a project. Our newest blog from Dr. Sallee Beneke provides five tips for instructional coaches and program administrators to think about when they are helping teachers implement the Project Approach.

Learn More About Early Intervention in Illinois

Another partner project in the Early Childhood Collective at the University of Illinois is the Early Intervention Training Program. Take a look at their videos that provide an introduction to early intervention and show how child care providers and programs can partner with early intervention professionals to support infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays.

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

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) Conference, November 2–5, Washington, DC

National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, November 20–23, Nashville, TN

Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs (ABC) Conference, November 22, Palos Hills, IL

Multilingual Illinois: The 43rd Annual Statewide Conference for Teachers Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students, December 3–6, Oak Brook, IL

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We'd Like to Hear From You

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