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June 2021 (Also available in Spanish)

 
 

Ready, Set, Read!

 
 
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Before young children learn to read independently, they must build a foundation of preliteracy skills. Our new tool kit, Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read, provides information on a variety of preliteracy concepts, including print awareness, oral language, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, and beginning writing. Our tool kit is aligned to recommendations in both the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age 3 and the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.

 
 

Emotional Support for Young Children

 
 
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The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic often resulted in big feelings in young children as they experienced the disappointments of missing friends, school, and activities. However, COVID-19 doesn’t have a monopoly on big feelings! Young children experience strong emotions all the time. We have two new blogs offering suggestions for how adults can support young children who are feeling overwhelmed. Helping Children with Big Feelings is great for parents, while Helping Young Children with Big Feelings in the Classroom is excellent for teachers.

 
 

Who’s Ready to Get Out and About?

 
 
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As our communities open up, there are more opportunities for children to engage with the world around them. The Out and About with Preschoolers tip sheet series provides great ideas for childcare providers and early childhood educators, and these tip sheets are aligned to the Illinois Early Learning and Development Benchmarks! Check out the series today, which includes topics such as visual arts, the places you’ll go, and making some music!

 
 

IECAM Blogs Highlight Demographic Data

 
 
 
 

These days, maps and charts communicating data stories are everywhere. But are you getting the full picture? Two recent blogs from the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM) will guide you through the answers to two common questions about family and child demographic data. Learn more about the federal poverty level by reading What Is FPL? and get to understand different data types with What’s the Difference Between 1-Year and 5-Year American Community Survey (ACS) Data?

 
 

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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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For more information about the Illinois Early Learning Project, contact us at (877) 275-3227 or iel@illinois.edu.

 
 

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