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News on Early Learning from around the Web

News on Early Learning from around the Web

  • 7/28/2014
    An online orientation is available for licensed child care programs to find out more about the quality rating and improvement system, ExceleRate Illinois.
  • 7/21/2014
    Find out about research being done on Illinois education from prekindergarten through higher education at a forum taking place on October 7–8, 2014, in Bloomington, Illinois.
  • 7/14/2014
    Find out how Illinois compares with the other states in enrollment in, quality of, and spending on state-funded preschool.
  • Illinois Early Learning Project Quarterly News
    7/9/2014

    The most recent edition of the Illinois Early Learning Project Quarterly News is now available in English and Spanish.

  • 7/7/2014
    In Illinois, the average cost of full-time infant care at child care centers is $12,697, and more than 18% of working mothers of very young children work in low-wage occupations.
  • 6/30/2014
    Family child care providers, teachers, and parents can find resources to develop early math skills in children ages birth to 5 from National Louis University’s Math at Home project.
  • 6/23/2014
    Find out the cost and availability of child care by Illinois county in this 2013 report published by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA).
  • 6/16/2014

    Recent studies suggest that dual-language learners may have more flexible mental ability and improved social-emotional well-being. Check out IEL resources on bilingual children.

  • 6/9/2014

    A study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics looks at the impact of parents' mobile device use on parent-child interactions during meals in fast food restaurants. Also check out IEL resources on parenting and family life.

  • 6/2/2014
    If you own a child care home or center, you can learn about the basics of business ownership at the 16th Annual Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Expo taking place on June 14, 2014, at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.
  • 5/27/2014
    Experience the visual arts preschool benchmarks of the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards first hand at the Day Camp for Early Childhood Educators taking place on June 10, 2014, in Geneseo, Illinois.
  • 5/27/2014
    Should twins always be placed in separate classrooms when they begin kindergarten? Many parents, teachers, and twins themselves would say “No.” Studies show no difference in academic achievement between twins separated compared with those allowed to remain together. The decision should consider the best interest of specific children rather than following a set rule.
  • 5/19/2014
    Lilian Katz,Sallee Beneke, and Debra Brownson will lead the Summer Institute on the Project Approach taking place on the St. Ambrose University campus in Davenport, Iowa, from July 29 to August 1, 2014.
  • 5/12/2014
    Having a brother or sister can help a child learn how to relate to another child, how to share and compromise when disagreements arise. Parents can help by avoiding taking sides or favoring one child over the other. Many siblings grow up to be life-long support for one another.
  • 5/12/2014

    The views of more than 3,500 resondents to a joint Exchange Magazine and Early Care and Education Consortium survey are shared in a report about the federal government's Early Education Intiative.

  • 5/5/2014
    Find out about the resources, networks, policy issues, and professional development opportunities in early childhood teacher education in the state of Illinois available through IAECTE.
  • 5/5/2014
    This week join the many families, schools, and individuals who will take a week-long break from watching television, surfing the web, and playing video games for recreation. Instead, they will read, play actively, and spend more time visiting family and friends.
  • 4/28/2014
    The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development awarded grants to 11 institutions of higher education to improve the preparation and ongoing professional development of early childhood educators through innovative partnerships with two-year institutions.
  • 4/28/2014
    Fast food can be high in calories and low on the nutrients your child needs. However, there are ways to fit an occasional fast meal out into a healthy diet.
  • 4/21/2014

    Research from the University of Illinois Landscape and Human Health Lab reports that ADHD symptoms in children are relieved after spending time in nature. Remember IEL's Tip Sheet, Dealing with Distraction as well as the many outdoor activities Tip Sheets.

  • 4/21/2014
    Last year an average of one child every 10 days was lost to heatstroke in a vehicle. Spring is the time to review safety tips to avoid this tragedy. Practice ACT: Avoid leaving a child alone in a car; create reminders when you have a child with you in a car; and take action if you see a child left alone in a car.
  • 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
    Should twins always be placed in separate classrooms when they begin kindergarten? Many parents, teachers, and twins themselves would say, "No." Studies show no difference in academic achievement between twins separated compared to those allowed to remain together. The decision should consider the best interest of the specific children rather than be a set rule.
  • 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.

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