The Illinois Early Learning Project currently publishes several blogs on issues related to the education and care of young children:
- Learning and Growing Together
Children grow and develop rapidly in the first five years of life. Every day routines and playtimes provide rich opportunities for young children to learn. In this blog, Dr. Rebecca Swartz explores practical and enjoyable ways that caregivers, families, and teachers can help children learn as they play and explore their world. New blog entries are added every quarter along with the IEL Quarterly News.
- 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.