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IEL Blogs

The Illinois Early Learning Project currently publishes three blogs on issues related to the education and care of young children:

  • Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Increasingly, children with developmental delays or disabilities attend child care or preschool programs where teachers may have limited information about how to include a child with special needs. Parents who have a child with special needs also may want to know more about adapting family activities to more fully include the child. This blog will be written by Dr. Susan Fowler, professor of special education at the University of Illinois. New blog entries are added during even-numbered months.
  • Teaching and Parenting Young Dual Language Learners
    An increasing population of children entering child care or preschool who speak a home language other than English. This blog is intended to help parents and teachers support these children as they learn English and their home languages. We will be inviting specialists in the state to write or co-write blog entries with IEL staff. New blog entries are added during odd-numbered months.
  • Young Minds at Play
    Anyone who knows young children can see that play is important to them. But adults do not always agree about what play is or what its role should be in early care and education or in childhood generally. Dr. Jean Mendoza explores a variety of issues related to play and children. New blog entries are added every quarter along with the IEL Quarterly News.


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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.

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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.

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