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 (PDF) are designed to provide early childhood professionals and policy makers a framework for understanding development through information on what children know and should do and what development looks like in everyday instances. These guidelines also provide suggestions and ideas on how to create early experiences that benefit all children’s learning and development. 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.
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