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January 2020

Emily Dorsey Joins IEL as New Project Director
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Dr. Emily Dorsey has joined the Illinois Early Learning Project as its new project director. During her career, she worked as an early childhood special education teacher, an educational consultant, and most recently as a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Having worked on a variety of IEL projects in the past, she is looking forward to meeting the needs of early childhood educators and caregivers throughout Illinois.

More Resources for Working With Families Experiencing Homelessness
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As part of our work with the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, IEL has added a new tool kit, Supporting Families with Young Children Experiencing Homelessness, as a resource to help early childhood, school, and community professionals understand how they can support families who may be experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. We also created a Resource Directory for Illinois Families with Young Children Experiencing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity and updated and added to our When Children Are Homeless or Housing Insecure: How Preschool Teachers and Caregivers Can Help resource list.

Two New Graphic Tip Sheets Address Homelessness Issues
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IEL has added two new graphic Tip Sheets. Keeping Track of Important Information offer tips on how families can keep appropriate documentation while experiencing housing instability. Rights of Families Experiencing Homelessness provides information on the attendance, enrollment, and transportation rights that allow families to maintain a stable school placement throughout the school year.

Webinar: Sparking Family Engagement in Early Learning Programs

Families are key partners in early learning programs. Attend an Early Childhood Collective webinar from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, to take a closer look at family engagement in early learning programs. Discover resources in Illinois that can support your work as you connect with families and help them support their children’s early learning. Gateways and ISBE credit are available to those who complete the webinar, which is hosted by the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children.

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

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference, Feb. 10–12, 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, March 7, Des Plaines, IL

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

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

 
 
 
 
 

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