We're so glad you came to visit the Illinois Early Learning (IEL) 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 (Gateways to Opportunity) (en inglés) 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 and the Illinois Projects in Practice Web site. The IEL Web site became publicly accessible in November 2001.
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.
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 in the College of Education, located at the Children's Research Center.
Additional resources can be suggested for linking by sending us a 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.
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.
The opinions, resources, and referrals provided on the IEL Web site are intended for informational purposes only and are not intended to take the place of medical or legal advice, or of other appropriate services. We encourage you to seek direct local assistance from a qualified professional if necessary before taking action.
The content of the IEL Web site does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Illinois Early Learning Project, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or the Illinois State Board of Education; nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the Illinois Early Learning Project, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or the Illinois State Board of Education.