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December 2019

New Early Learning Moment: The Newborn Period
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Our newest Early Learning Moment video provides an overview of the newborn period, birth to four months, a time when parents and caregivers are working very hard to learn their infant’s signals and respond to his or her needs. Infants depend exclusively on soothing and appropriate responses from their caregivers in order to thrive and develop. Early Learning Moment videos are great to use to illustrate key concepts in child development and early learning from the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age 3.

New Graphic Tip Sheets Provide Tips for While You’re Waiting
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IEL has added two new tip sheets with ideas for playful learning activities that can keep children from becoming impatient when they have to wait in traffic, at the clinic, or in the checkout line. Math Is Everywhere provides some quick math questions, games, and activities. Music and Movement provides tips on how children can move to the beat, sing along, listen, and create sounds. These activities help children stay engaged instead of "waiting without anything to do."

Plan Ahead to Prevent Tantrums and Meltdowns During the Holidays
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Worried about how your child might handle stressful get-togethers over the holidays? Our Early Childhood Collective partner, the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse, has a newsletter on how planning for challenging moments can help make your holiday times more pleasant. It offers a variety of strategies to help your child prepare for the routine and schedule changes that accompany the holidays.

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

Opening Minds, Jan. 29–Feb. 1, Chicago, IL

Collaboration for Early Childhood Symposium, Feb. 23, Oak Park, IL

ILASCD Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Conference, March 4–6, Schaumburg, IL

Oakton Infant Toddler Conference, Des Plaines, IL, March 7, 2020

Leadership Connections National Conference, April 29–May 1, Wheeling, 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.

Note: The Illinois Early Learning Project office will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 for winter break.