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February 2020

Try Our New Interactive Guidelines Flip Book
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IEL now has an interactive PDF of the popular Guidelines Flip Book that's ideal for use with tablets during home visits or work in classrooms. It also can be viewed on phones and desktop and laptop computers. On the bottom of each page are five tabs that let you easily jump to the indicators for children and strategies interaction for the four different age ranges as well as the table of contents for that age range. Tapping on highlighted words or terms in the tables will take you to the page in the glossary where they appear. Download and try it today. (Also available in Spanish.)

Early Learning Moments Video Highlights Self-Regulation
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When children play and work together, they are not only learning to conquer the task at hand, but they are also developing self-regulation of critical areas such as emotions and behaviors. The IEL Early Learning Moments video Self-Regulation: Foundation of Development provides many real-life examples of infants and toddlers demonstrating self-regulation. Check out this video and other Early Learning Moments on our website.

Learn More About Child Care and Inclusion in New Podcast
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Child care providers in Illinois and beyond are working hard to improve the quality of their programs while meaningfully including students with and without disabilities. In our new podcast, Including Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in Child Care, Dr. Jenna Weglarz-Ward talks about the benefits and challenges of developing an inclusive environment, along with some strategies for success. While you’re there, check out the full IEL podcast library.

Upcoming Webinar Series Focuses on Challenging Behavior
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IEL is just one of many projects in the Early Childhood Collective. One of our partners, the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN), will be hosting an exciting four-part series on Promoting Positive Behavior that will be useful to families and providers. The first webinar, Behavior Basics: Laying the Groundwork for Positive Change, will be March 24.

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

Collaboration for Early Childhood Symposium, Feb. 29, Oak Park, IL

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

Empowering Professionals Conference, March 6, Palos Hills, IL

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

Early Childhood Today Conference, March 11, Romeoville, IL

Illinois Head Start Annual Conference, March 11–13, Springfield, IL

Piecing It All Together Conference, April 9, Collinsville, IL

Prevention Initiative Leadership Form, April 15–16, Oak Brook, 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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