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  • 4/18/2014
    A new collection of nationally recognized health and safety standards are available online. These standards are related to caring for infants and toddlers in early care and education settings. Teachers and care providers can support and work with families as they implement these standards.
  • 4/18/2014
    A new study of infants and toddlers in Illinois looks at the health, economic, and academic disparities among our state's youngest children-nearly half a million infants and toddlers.
  • 3/31/2014
    Take along a few detective tools- such as a magnifying glass, camera, notebook, and pencil- and see if you and your child can find clues outdoors that spring may be on the way. Look for green shoots, early flowers, snow melting or frozen ground turning into mud. Write down his observations and take pictures of any clues. Try repeating the walk in a few weeks.
  • 3/31/2014
    This annual report by the Children’s Defense Fund details state and national rates of child poverty, homelessness, health coverage, child abuse and neglect, as well as investments in early care and education
  • 3/24/2014
    Playing with puzzles is not only fun but research indicates it may increase spatial skills in a preschooler. Placing puzzle pieces adds to shape recognition and to visualizing how parts may fit into a whole.
  • 3/24/2014
    The National Association for the Education of Young Children has a variety of resources to help you recognize early childhood programs and services that meet the needs of young children and their families during the annual Week of the Young Child, April 6 – 12, 2014.
  • 3/17/2014
    Your preschool child may seem to be asking questions all day long. Helping her find answers in language she can understand and providing lots of learning opportunities is important to her cognitive development.
  • 3/17/2014
    Learn how your early childhood classroom atmosphere can promote creativity in young children at a conference in Chicago on April 4, 2014.
  • 3/10/2014
    Learning about science and engineering in the early years can stimulate children’s curiosity and lay the foundation for lifelong science learning. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) lists several principles to guide the learning of science among young children.
  • 3/10/2014
    Don’t miss Illinois Action for Children’s 17th Annual Public Policy Conference in Springfield, Illinois. A new preconference option begins on March 31, 2014, followed by two days of skill-building workshops, networking, and legislative visits.
  • 3/3/2014
    Visit the Illinois Poison Center Web site during Illinois Poison Prevention Month. You can find helpful poison prevention activities, a Poison Center help app, and a free poison-prevention education course. You may want to order the center's free resources, including stickers, magnets, and activity sheets.
  • 3/3/2014
    How children's mental health and mental illness affect home, school, and community is the focus of a conference in Edwardsville, Illinois, on March 14-15, 2014.
  • 2/24/2014
    Research indicates the more words that adults speak to children, the better language skills children develop. This brief guide describes 10 research-based practices that early childhood teachers can use to foster language and communication skills among infants and toddlers.
  • 2/24/2014
    An integrated set of four nationally representative surveys indicates that 53% of center-based and 30% of home-based teachers reported having college degrees, almost one-third of which were BA or graduate/professional degrees.
  • 2/17/2014
    View a Gateways to Opportunity credential orientation video for an overview of the credential process.
  • 2/17/2014

    Protecting your child's health and safety is very important to you. Immunization helps you protect your baby from 14 serious childhood diseases. It's an effective defense that's been extensively tested for safety and effectiveness. (Also in Spanish).

     

  • 2/10/2014
    Learn about the evidence and standards required to meet the four circles of quality that are part of ExceleRate Illinois.
  • 2/10/2014
    Early childhood programs include many children who are dual language learners. Although they are a diverse group, the children share many similarities with each other and with children growing up with only one language.
  • 2/3/2014

    Tooth decay, the most common chronic disease in children, can usually be prevented through good dental care. Download free brochures to learn how to promote the development of healthy mouths and teeth. Also in Spanish

  • 2/3/2014
    Attend this year’s Project Group Meeting taking place on March 1, 2014, on the St. Ambrose University campus to learn more about implementing the Project Approach.
  • 1/27/2014
    Many children have pretend friends. Encourage a child’s imagination, language skills, and art by having him make and share drawings and stories about made-up friends.
  • 1/27/2014
    Learn about the current policy issues impacting early care and education in Illinois. Attend the Statewide Public Policy Caucus taking place in Springfield on February 26, 2014.
  • 1/20/2014
    A new toolkit describes promising policies and practices in blending and braiding early childhood program funding streams to enhance financing for high-quality early learning programs.
  • 1/20/2014
    Bundle up and experience nature in winter with your child. Encourage her to use all her senses and then record your experiences together.
  • 1/13/2014
    Find out about online trainings as well as online training resources and tools to make your online learning experience successful.

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