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March 2020

Four New Tip Sheets Explore Strategies for Positive Guidance
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Parents, teachers, and child care providers alike can benefit from simple ideas for providing positive guidance to young children. Tried and true strategies, such as being consistent and planning ahead, can support children as they become independent and learn to use appropriate behavior. Check out our new series of four colorful graphic tip sheets on Positive Guidance for Young Children: Be Consistent, Be Thoughtful, Plan Ahead, and Take a Break and Calm Down. Brighten your learning space by posting them in your home, classroom, or child care center.

Next Stop – Kindergarten!
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Are you the parent, teacher, or caregiver of a child transitioning into kindergarten? There can be many questions to consider and systems to navigate along the way. IEL is here to help. Take a look at our tip sheet Getting Ready for Kindergarten, our graphic tip sheet Going to Kindergarten?, our Kindergarten Tool Kit, and our Q&A Starting Kindergarten in Illinois.

Summer Institute on the Project Approach

Join Drs. Sallee Beneke and Michaelene Ostrosky for a fun, active, in-depth training that supports the ability of participants to effectively implement the Project Approach in inclusive classrooms. Earn 29 hours of Gateways credit by attending the summer institute from July 27–31 at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

Check Out IECAM’s Infographic on Illinois Early Childhood Programs
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Confused about which state and federal programs serve which age groups in early care and education in Illinois? This infographic from our Early Childhood Collective partner the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM) shows age eligibility, funding streams, and administering agencies for publicly funded early childhood programs in our state. It also provides details about each program.

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

Play in Peoria, Encore, March 20–21, East Peoria, IL

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

Grupo Salto Disabilities Conference, April 18, Cicero, IL

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

Paradigm Project Annual Conference, May 3–5, Itasca, IL

Summer Institute on the Project Approach, July 27–31, Davenport, IA

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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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