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About the Illinois Early Learning Project

We're so glad you came to visit the Illinois Early Learning (IEL) Web Site!

What is the Illinois Early Learning Web Site?

The Illinois Early Learning Project Web site is a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois. The Web site offers printable Tip Sheets for caregivers and parents in English, Spanish, and Polish; answers to Frequently Asked Questions; a customized question-answering service; a statewide calendar of events for parents and caregivers; an easy-to-use "the best of the Web" on topics related to early care and education; activities related to the Illinois Early Learning Standard Benchmarks; the Illinois Projects in Practice Web site; and periodic Interviews. The IEL Web site became publicly accessible in November 2001.

Who funds the site?

The Illinois State Board of Education has funded the Illinois Early Learning Project (IEL) at the University of Illinois to select and create high-quality resources that respond to the early learning information needs of parents and educators in the State.

Who is responsible for this Web site?

The IEL team at the University of Illinois has primary responsibility for the design and updating of the Web site, in close consultation with the Early Childhood Division of the Illinois State Board of Education. IEL staff work in the offices of the Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative's Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting in the College of Education, located at the Children's Research Center.

How can I suggest additional resources for the IEL Web site?

Additional resources can be suggested for linking by sending us an email message. If you have other questions, or ideas for FAQs or other materials or activities, we invite you to contact the Illinois Early Learning Project staff.

Will there be an IEL workshop in my area of the state?

IEL is planning workshops around the state for parents, caregivers, teachers, and the early childhood community. Check our Workshop and Exhibit Schedule to find out when we'll be in your area.

Is there a person I can contact for more information?

Yes! You can contact the IEL staff by email (iel@illinois.edu), telephone (toll free) at (877) 275-3227 during normal business hours, fax at 217/244-7732, or by postal mail at CEEP's offices, at this street address:

Illinois Early Learning Project
ECAP/CEEP
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
51 Gerty Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-7469

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