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July 2021 (Also available in Spanish)

 
 

New Project Approach Blog Tackles a Tough Question

 
 
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If you are an early childhood educator considering using the Project Approach, you might have some questions! Our newest blog, Focused Explorations and the Project Approach, describes how project work (work guided by student interest) can co-exist with focused explorations (work guided by a teacher’s learning goals) in early childhood classrooms. Visit our website and read it today. While you’re there, take some time to browse our extensive collection of resources about the Project Approach.

 
 

IEL Supports Children’s Friendships

 
 
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Young children benefit from friendships, which can develop in a variety of home, school, and community locations. Illinois Early Learning has a new tool kit, Supporting Young Children’s Friendships, that includes information about the social development that occurs in friendships as well as how adults can provide support. This tool kit also addresses how to reestablish friendships that may have been on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check it out today!

 
 

IEL Resource Lists Meet Your Learning Needs

 
 
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Have you ever begun working on a project and gotten stuck right out of the gate? Perhaps you want to share some information in your preschool newsletter, plan a new unit for your early childhood class, or even do some independent learning for your own benefit. Our resource lists are a great starting point for endeavors like this! Our lists link to IEL resources and free, trustworthy web-based resources. All of our resource lists are updated regularly. Take a look around and explore topics such as Caring for Children with Food Allergies, Lead Poisoning Prevention, and Screens and Young Children.

 
 

EIC Shares Early Intervention Guidance for Phase 5

 
 

The Early Intervention Clearinghouse provides a wealth of information and resources related to early intervention in Illinois. As our state moved to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan, guidelines for early intervention visits have been updated. Learn more through this EIC blog post.

 
 

We Want to Hear from You!

 
 

Are you new to Illinois Early Learning or have you been visiting our site and reading our materials for years? We want to hear from you! We have updated our user survey and would love for you to let us know your thoughts.

 
 

Upcoming Conferences

 
 

Division for Early Childhood 2021 Fall Conference, September 20–24, a virtual event

Sharing A Vision, October 7–8, a virtual event

 
 

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