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April 2020

Keeping Young Children Learning at Home During Trying Times
Family playing on the floor 
 

With the recent stay at home order extended to April 30, all public schools and many childcare centers have closed. This has put many families in the unique position of providing learning opportunities at home. IEL has a new blog with lots of valuable ideas and tips as well as a resource list with a wealth of valuable information all in one place. Be sure to bookmark this page and refer to it often!

Helping Young Children With Disabilities During a Trying Time
Toddler high fives his father

Young children with disabilities and their families may be struggling with the loss of structured education and activities that were provided outside the home and/or by professionals visiting the home. Building structure into the daily routine may offer some relief and comfort to families. This blog provides suggestions for getting started.

Lots of Tips for Springtime Activities
girl plays with rocks

Extended time at home may provide an opportunity to learn about the beautiful signs of spring. IEL has many tip sheets to guide the way. Check out this “top five” list. Try them all and pick your favorite!

 
Everyday Early Intervention During Coronavirus
Finger using computer tablet

Early intervention (EI) programs and providers in Illinois have suspended in-person visits. Some providers are conducting live video visits so families can receive EI services during COVID-19. Our Early Childhood Collective partner, the Early Intervention Clearinghouse, has some tip sheets about live video visits. Also, the clearinghouse has put together a collection of selected tip sheets with ideas about how infants and toddlers can keep working on EI outcomes during play and daily routines. Visit this page for these tip sheets.

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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

Piecing It All Together Conference, postponed until October 22, Collinsville, IL

Given the implications of COVID-19, many conferences and professional development offerings have been canceled. It is best to check with the sponsor before making plans to attend any event in the near future.

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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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