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July 2017

Project Work as a Context for Social Development

In her latest blog, Dr. Lilian Katz discusses how project work provides children with many opportunities to develop and apply important social skills. Dr. Katz provides examples of how teachers can intentionally help children learn to resolve conflicts as they work and play together.

IEL Tip Sheets & Kindergarten Learning Moments Tip Sheets

All of our Tip Sheets are available for download from the website. All Tip Sheets are available in English and Spanish, most are available in Polish, and some are available in Korean, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, and French. Tip Sheets may be copied into program newsletters, posted on classroom websites, given to families during orientation, and distributed at neighborhood festivals and other community events. Use our order form to get printed copies mailed to an Illinois address.

New Website for Home Visitors and Families

The National Home Visiting Resource Center (NHVRC) has a new website with information for home visitors and families. The website includes the 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook, a list of home visiting programs and initiatives, as well as information about home visiting in each state.

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

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

Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Conference, Oct. 4–6, Portland, OR

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

2017 NAEYC Annual Conference, Nov. 15–18, Atlanta, GA

Zero to Three Annual Conference, Nov. 29–Dec. 1, San Diego, CA

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For more information about the Illinois Early Learning Project, contact Bernadette Laumann at (877) 275-3227 or