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April 2021 (Also available in Spanish)

 
 

Keeping Inclusion at the Forefront

 
 
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In the past 12 months, early childhood educators have faced many challenges, but they have still found creative ways to stay connected with families and keep young children engaged. To do this, some programs have relied on remote learning. While remote learning can fill an important need during these trying times, it is essential that programs that use this strategy maintain and strengthen their inclusive practices. IEL has a new tool kit, Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning, with many helpful resources, suggestions, and strategies. Check it out today!

 
 

Supporting Children Who Miss Their Friends

 
 
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children have experienced reduced time with friends. Time spent at home may mean time away from school, organized activities, and shared spaces such as playgrounds, soccer fields, or community centers. Adults can use helpful strategies to support children’s emotional needs during these trying times. To learn more, read our latest blog, “I’m Missing My Friends!” Supporting Young Children’s Emotions During the Pandemic.

 
 

Getting Out and About This Spring

 
 
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As we move into warmer months and vaccines are distributed throughout our communities, there may be more opportunities for children to be out and about in their communities. Early childhood educators and caregivers can facilitate engaging experiences by focusing on things such as science, music, and visual arts during outings. To learn more, visit our tip sheet series Out and About with Preschoolers.

 
 

Introducing the Early Childhood Collective

 
 

Have you heard about the Early Childhood Collective (ECC)? The ECC is a collaboration of projects all housed here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that includes Illinois Early Learning, the Early Intervention Clearinghouse (EIC), the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM), the Military Families Learning Network, and the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP). One benefit of having a collective is the ability to pool our content into resource bundles. We have bundles about COVID-19 and Childcare, Trauma and Neglect, and Family Engagement. Take a look!

 
 

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

 
 

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Prevention Initiative Forum, May 10–14. Check here for more information (coming soon).

Division for Early Childhood 2021 Fall Conference, September 21–24, New Orleans

Sharing A Vision, October 6–8, a virtual event

 
 

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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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