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June 2017

After Initial “YUCKs,” Classroom Studies Insects

Our most recent Project in Practice comes from the teachers at Northern Illinois University’s Campus Child Care Center. The project, Discovering the World of Insects on the Playground, provided opportunities to build on children’s interests to learn about insects and spiders in their natural habitats,

Check Out Our Latest Quarterly Newsletter

Our new quarterly newsletter takes a look at key elements in high-quality early learning experiences, summer reading fun, and NAEYC’s initiative to come up with a unified framework to define the early childhood education profession.

Feelings Are Fantastic

In her latest blog, Dr. Rebecca Swartz talks about how caregivers can be “emotion coaches” for young children. She explains why it is important for children to learn about appropriate ways to express their feelings and how caregivers can help them learn these important skills during everyday interactions and play.

Summer Institute: The Project Approach

Want to learn more about project work? Dr. Sallee Beneke, Dr. Lilian Katz, and Debra Brownson will offer a Summer Institute focused on The Project Approach. The institute takes place July 24–28 at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. For more information, contact Dr. Sallee Beneke at

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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

Summer Institute: The Project Approach, July 24–28, Davenport, IA

Summer Camp for Early Educators: Exploring the Arts!, July 26–27, Springfield, IL

Sharing A Vision Conference, Oct. 25–27, East Peoria, IL

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