What's New on the IEL Web site...
- The IEL Project has added several links to resources for the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (IELDS) created by the Early Childhood Center for Professional Development in Arlington Heights, IL. Links include crosswalks, posters, performance descriptors, Standards Start at Home Booklet, Benchmark Keywords (ring cards), and more.
- In her latest blog, Dr. Lilian Katz discusses the quality of early childhood programs from the "bottom up" i.e. the perspective of each child who attends the program. Teachers, administrators, and caregivers can observe each child and reflect upon the question,"How does it feel to be a child in this environment day after day after day?"
- The IEL Project monthly newsletter includes information about what is new on our website and the Illinois Projects in Practice site.
- The latest edition of the IEL Project Quarterly Newsletter is now available on the website. The newsletter contains information and resources for teachers, caregivers, and families of young children ages birth to five years old.
- In her recent blog, Dr. Susan Fowler discusses how reading stories to babies can stimulate their brain development. Reading aloud to babies and toddlers is one of the most important daily activities for parents and caregivers to do with their children.
The FAQ: What is the Kindergarten Entry Age in Illinois? provides answers to questions families may have about starting kindergarten. The IEL Project has an extensive Getting Ready for Kindergarten Resource List.
- Dr. Lilian Katz has written a report for the nonprofit group Defend the Early Years. In her report Dr. Katz discusses the difference between academic goals and intellectual goals for young children.
- The latest edition of the IEL Project Quarterly Newsletter is now available. This newsletter highlights information about early care and education news and resources for teachers, parents, and caregivers.
A resource for families, Standards Start at Home, has been updated to reflect parent/child activities that align with the 2013 Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. Activities found in this resource are provided through permission from the national Parents as Teachers and the Academic Development Institute.
- The Illinois Early Learning Project will mail posters and brochures of the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Ages Birth to Three Years Old (IELGS) free of charge to any address within the state of Illinois. The posters and brochures are available in English and Spanish. Please use the online order form or call us at (877-275-3227).
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