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Illinois Early Learning Guidelines: For Children Birth to Age Three

Children’s experiences in the first three years of life influence how they develop, learn, and interact with their world. This period is marked by an extraordinary amount of growth and sets the foundation for children’s future learning and ongoing development.

The Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age 3 provide early childhood professionals and policy makers a framework for understanding child development by presenting information on what children know and should do and what development looks like in everyday life. The main goal of the Guidelines is to offer early childhood professionals a cohesive analysis of children’s development with common expectations and common language. These Guidelines also provide suggestions and ideas on how to create early experiences that benefit all children’s learning and development.

Introductory Material

Newborn

Self-Regulation: Foundation of Development

Developmental Domain 1: Social & Emotional Development

Developmental Domain 2: Physical Development & Health

Developmental Domain 3: Language Development, Communication, & Literacy

Developmental Domain 4: Cognitive Development

Approaches to Learning

Appendices

IEL is providing our users access to the Guidelines in two formats:

  • HTML version
    Table of contents for the HTML version of the Guidelines.
    English | Spanish
  • PDF version
    IEL is providing access to a PDF of the full 170-page printed version of the Guidelines.
    English | Spanish (7.66 MB and 3.87 MB PDF files)

Our new HTML version (in both English and Spanish) allows users to easily access the Guidelines from a variety of platforms. The HTML version allows users to easily go to other interconnected sections of the Guidelines. It also provides an easy-to-use drop-down view of the age descriptors that describe the progression of development for four different age groups across the birth-to-three age range.

Resources

IEL Resources

Crosswalks and Alignments

Guidelines Posters and Brochures

  • Guidelines poster
    IEL has a large poster that lists all of the standards in the Guidelines.
    English | Spanish
  • Guidelines brochure
    This handy pamphlet, which also lists all the standards, can be handed out to parents and others interested in learning more about the Guidelines.
    English | Spanish
  • Order online
    Use our online form and IEL will mail up to 10 posters and 20 brochures free of charge to any address within the state of Illinois.

Additional Resources

Print Version

IEL is providing access to a PDF of the full 170-page printed version of the Guidelines:

Guidelines Webinar

This webinar provides a short overview of the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age Three. It also provides a tour of the resources available on the Illinois Early Learning Project website that can support the use of the guidelines in practice and at home.

Resources

Find resources related to the Illinois Early Learning Birth to 3 Guidelines:

Trainers

View the Ounce of Prevention Training Materials that trainers can use in their presentations.

Disclaimer

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.

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