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May 2020

Make a Mess and Explore STEAM
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Illinois Early Learning is debuting a new tool kit that is useful for parents and teachers alike. STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, is a popular grouping of topics that can all promote critical thinking in young children. Check out the many great ideas we have for you.

IEL Adds Two New Resources on the Project Approach
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Dr. Sallee Beneke, longtime friend of and contributor to the Illinois Early Learning Project, has provided two new resources related to the Project Approach. Check out her new blog, Doing Projects With Families From a Distance, which offers great advice for families doing investigations at home. She’s also a guest for our latest podcast, Implementing the Project Approach in Inclusive Classrooms, which provides insights for teachers getting started with the Project Approach in their early childhood classrooms.

IEL Expands on Social Media
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Be sure to connect with us on social media. We regularly share selections from our bank of resources on Twitter and Facebook. To support parents as they provide learning experiences at home, we have developed a series of “Learning at Home Activities,” which we will post on Facebook a few times a week. We also recently made our debut on Instagram, so follow us there as well! Finally, don’t forget that many of our tip sheets are pinned to our Pinterest page as well.

Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) Partners With Illinois Family
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Our Early Childhood Collective partner EITP is excited to share a new video produced in partnership with the Warren family. In this video, the Warren family shares their early intervention story, highlighting how early intervention helped their family advocate for their daughter and ultimately supported them in helping their daughter overcome challenges and reach her potential! To learn more about early intervention in Illinois, check out the EI Family Guide.

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

Partner, Plan, Act, virtual summit, June 8­–12, 2020

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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