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2013 Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards

Illinois Early Learning & Development Standards
Acknowledgments

Content-area Experts

Thank you to the content-area experts who reviewed, and edited, their respective learning areas—focusing on what is best and developmentally appropriate for preschool children:

  • Dr. Kathy Barclay, Western Illinois University, Macomb
  • Dr. Sallee Beneke, St. Ambrose University, IA
  • Dr. Linda Espinosa, University of Missouri
  • Dr. Judy Harris Helm, Best Practices, Inc., Brimfield, IL
  • Dr. Lilian Katz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Jennifer McCray, Erikson Institute, Chicago
  • Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Dr. Stephen Virgilio, Adelphi University, NY

Acknowledgments—Participants

Thank you to the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards workgroup members, to those who were part of the infancy stages of the revision process—through and/or including the development planning for the workshops to train practioners. Their contribution of time, thoughtful feedback, and commitment, in whatever way, is sincerely appreciated.

  • Samantha Aigner-Treworgy, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago
  • Shannon Alamia, Children’s Learning Center, DeKalb
  • Julie Allen, Skip-A-Long Child Development, Moline
  • Arthur Baroody, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Karen Berman, Ounce of Prevention Fund , Chicago
  • Jill Calkins, Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC), Rock Falls
  • Madeline Cancel-Hanieh, Department of Family & Support Services, Chicago
  • Jeanna Capito, Positive Parenting DuPage, Warrenville
  • Pat Chamberlain, Chamberlain Educational Consulting, Inc, Elgin
  • Rhonda Clark, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield
  • Kim Collins, Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, Chicago
  • Denise Conkright, PACT for Central Illinois, Mount Sterling
  • Julia Cotter, Livingston County Special Services Unit, Pontiac
  • Carol Crum, Cook County SD 130, Blue Island
  • Isolda Davila, City of Chicago Children & Youth Services
  • Kathy Davis, District 186 – Early Start Pre-K, Springfield
  • Debbie Ditchen, Heartland Head Start, Bloomington
  • Natalie Doyle, Rock Island County ROE, Moline
  • Claire Dunham, Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago
  • Donna Emmons, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield
  • Lisa Fisher, Early Childhood Consultant, Naperville
  • Theresa Hawley, Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, Chicago
  • Denise Henry, STARNET Region IV, Belleville
  • Reyna Hernandez, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago
  • Linda Housewright, Preschool for All Coach and Consultant, Dallas City
  • Denise Jordan, Department of Family & Support Services, Chicago
  • Beth Knight, Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral, Bloomington
  • Terri Lawrence, Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC), Rock Falls
  • Tom Layman, Illinois Action for Children, Chicago
  • Kathleen Liffick, Champaign County Head Start, Champaign
  • Lori Longueville, Child Care Resource & Referral, Carterville
  • Heather Madden, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago
  • Cathy Main, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Stephen Marlette, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Jan Maruna, Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral, Bloomington
  • Elizabeth Mascitti-Miller, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago
  • Rebecca McBroom, Kankakee SD 111/Head Start, Kankakee
  • Louisiana Melendez, Erikson Institute , Chicago
  • Paulette Mercurius, Department of Family & Support Services, Chicago
  • Brian Michalski, Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood, Arlington Heights
  • Libby Mitchell, Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral, Bloomington
  • Lauri Morrison-Frichtl, Illinois Head Start Association, Springfield
  • Marta Moya-Leang, Belmont-Cragin Early Childhood Center, City of Chicago School District 299
  • Kimberly Nelson, Rockford Public Schools District 205, Rockford
  • Kristie Norwood, Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago
  • Tamara Notter, Child Care Resource & Referral, Joliet
  • Donna Nylander, Valley View Early Childhood Center, Romeoville
  • Jeanine O’Nan Brownell, Erikson Institute, Chicago
  • Charles Parr, Riverbend Head Start & Family Services, Alton
  • Jenine Patty, Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC), Rock Falls
  • Pam Reising Rechner, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield
  • Vanessa Rich, Department of Family & Support Services, Chicago
  • Diane Richey, SIU – Southern Region Early Childhood Programs, Carbondale
  • Allen Rosales, Christopher House, Chicago
  • Elizabeth Sherwood, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Connie Shugart, STARNET Regions I & III, Macomb
  • Katherine Slattery, STARNET Region II, Arlington Heights
  • Loukisha Smart-Pennix, Department of Family & Support Services, Chicago
  • Penelope Smith, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield
  • Erin Stout, Peoria County Bright Futures, Peoria Heights
  • Kathy Villano, Early Childhood Developmental Enrichment Center, The Center, Arlington Heights
  • Laurie Walker, Skip-A-Long Child Development, Moline
  • Amy Weseloh, Fox Valley Home Day Care, Batavia
  • Maureen Whalen, Woodford County Special Education Association/Bright Beginnings, Metamora
  • Karen Yarbrough, Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago
  • Cindy Zumwalt, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield

Acknowledgments—Field Test Participants

Thank you to the programs and practitioners that field tested the revised IELDS in their program settings. Their enthusiasm and eagerness to provide feedback was contagious and exemplified their commitment and dedication to the work they do for children and families throughout Illinois.

Illinois Early Learning Standards Participant List This list also includes those who participated in the development of the original standards.

  • *ABC Preschool, Decatur
  • *Alton Day Care & Learning Center, Alton
  • *Anna’s Daycare, St. Charles
  • *Anne M. Jeans Pre-K, CCSD 180, Willowbrook
  • *Archdiocese of Chicago, Office of Catholic Schools, Chicago
  • Argenta-Oreana CUSD 1, Argenta
  • *As We Grow Preschool, Oswego
  • *Atwood Hammond CUSD 39, Atwood
  • Aurora West CUSD 129, Aurora
  • Avon CUSD 176, Avon
  • Ball-Chatham CUSD 5, Chatham
  • *Barrington Early Learning Center/Barrington SD 220, Barrington
  • BCMW Head Start, Centralia
  • *Bellwood SD 88, Bellwood
  • *Belmont-Cragin Early Childhood Center/CPS District 299, Chicago
  • Belvidere CUSD 100, Belvidere
  • Bethalto CUSD 8, Bethalto
  • *Bizzy Bee’s Family Child Care, Carpentersville
  • *Blessed Beginnings Preschool, Aurora
  • Bloomington SD 87, Bloomington
  • Blue Ridge CUSD 18, Farmer City
  • Bond County CUSD 2, Greenville
  • Bourbonnais SD 53, Bourbonnais
  • *Bright Beginnings, Minonk
  • *Bright Beginnings Preschool and Childcare, Highland
  • Canton CUSD 66, Canton
  • Carbondale Elementary SD 95, Carbondale
  • *Carlinville CUSD 1, Carlinville
  • Carlyle CUSD 1, Carlyle
  • *Carmi Pre-K/Carmi-White County CUSD 5, Carmi
  • *Carole Robertson Center, Chicago
  • Carroll, JoDaviess, Stephenson ROE, Freeport
  • Carterville CUSD 5, Carterville
  • *Catholic Charities, Chicago
  • *CCSD 181, Burr Ridge
  • *Center for New Horizons, Chicago
  • *Champaign County Head Start, Urbana
  • *Champaign Unit 4 Schools Pre-K Program, Champaign
  • *Chicago Commons, Chicago
  • Chicago Heights SD 170, Chicago Heights
  • *Chicago Youth Centers, Chicago
  • *Child Care Resource & Referral, Joliet
  • *Children’s Learning Center, DeKalb
  • *Christopher House, Chicago
  • *City of Chicago Department of Family & Support Services, Chicago
  • City of Chicago SD 299, Chicago
  • *Connecting Kids Preschool, Wilmette Public SD 39, Wilmette
  • Cook County SD 130, Blue Island
  • *Crawford’s Daycare, Carol Stream
  • Cuba SD 3, Cuba
  • *Cuddle Care, Inc., Riverdale
  • *CUSD 300, deLacey Family Education Center, Carpentersville
  • Dallas City CUSD 336, Dallas City
  • *Danville Area Community College Child
  • Development Center, Danville
  • Danville CCSD 118, Danville
  • *Darling Day Care, Lombard
  • Decatur SD 61, Decatur
  • DeKalb CUSD 428, DeKalb
  • *Discovery School, O’Fallon
  • *District 146 Early Learning, Tinley Park
  • *District 186 Early Start Pre-K, Springfield
  • Dolton SD 149, Calumet City
  • *Dwight Common SD 232, Dwight
  • *Early Childhood Developmental
  • Enrichment Center/Arlington Heights SD 25, Arlington Heights
  • *Early Childhood Developmental Enrichment Center/Mount Prospect SD 57, Mount Prospect
  • *Early Childhood Developmental Enrichment Center/Palatine CCSD 15, Palatine
  • *Early Childhood Developmental Enrichment
  • Center/Prospect Heights CCSD 23, Prospect Heights
  • *Early Childhood Developmental Enrichment
  • Center /River Trails CCSD 26, Mount Prospect
  • *Early Childhood Developmental Enrichment
  • Center /Wheeling CCSD 21, Wheeling
  • *Early Learning Center – Springfield Public Schools 186, Springfield
  • East Alton SD 13, East Alton
  • East Dubuque CUSD 119, East Dubuque
  • East Richland CUSD 1, Olney
  • Edwardsville CUSD 7, Edwardsville
  • *Effingham CUSD 40, Effingham
  • Egyptian CUSD 5, Tamms
  • Eldorado CUSD 4, Eldorado
  • *Elgin Child and Family Resource Center, Elgin
  • Elgin School District U-46, Elgin
  • *Elite Childcare and Center, Saint Joseph
  • *Elmhurst Academy, Elmhurst
  • Erie CUSD 1, Erie
  • *Erie Neighborhood House, Chicago
  • *Faith Lutheran Preschool, Godfrey
  • *Family Daycare, Aurora
  • *First Start, Westmont
  • *First Step Child Care Center, Inc., Richton°Park
  • *First United Methodist Child Care Center, Champaign
  • *Ford-Iroquois Preschool Cooperative/I-KAN ROE, Milford
  • Four Rivers Special Ed. District, Jacksonville
  • *Fox Valley Home Day Care, Batavia
  • *Fox Valley Montessori School, Aurora
  • *Frank Family Daycare, Carol Stream
  • Freeburg CCSD 70, Freeburg
  • *Freeport SD 145/Taylor Park Elementary, Freeport
  • *Gads Hill Center, Chicago
  • Galesburg CUSD 5, Galesburg
  • Genoa Kingston CUSD 424, Genoa
  • *Got Tots, Lombard
  • Hamilton County CUSD 10, McLeansboro
  • Hamilton-Jefferson County ROE 25, Mount°Vernon
  • Harlem CUSD 122, Loves Park
  • Harrison SD 36, Wonder Lake
  • Harvard CUSD 50, Harvard
  • Harvey SD 152, Harvey
  • *Havanna CUSD 126, Havana
  • Hawthorn SD 73, Vernon Hills
  • *Henderson-Mercer-Warren ROE 27 Early Learning Project, Monmouth
  • High Mount SD 116, Swansea
  • Hillsboro CUSD 3, Hillsboro
  • Hoover-Schrum SD 157, Calumet City
  • *Howard Area Community Center, Chicago
  • Huntley SD 158, Huntley
  • *Illinois Action for Children, Chicago
  • Indian Creek CUSD 425, Shabbona
  • *Indian Prairie SD 204, Naperville
  • Indian Springs SD 109, Justice
  • *Innovative Technology Education Fund, St. Louis, MO
  • Iroquois County CUSD 9, Watseka
  • *Iroquois West CUSD 10, Gilman
  • *Jack and Jill Child Development Center, Belleville
  • Jonesboro CCSD 43, Jonesboro
  • *Kankakee SD 111, Kankakee/Head Start Program, Kankakee
  • *Katie’s Kids Learning Center, Normal
  • *Kiddie Kollege of Fairfield, Fairfield
  • *Kid’s Kingdom, Oblong
  • *Kool Kids Day Care, Troy
  • *Korean American Community Services, Chicago
  • *La Petite Academy, Champaign
  • LeRoy CUSD 2, LeRoy
  • Litchfield CUSD 12, Litchfield
  • *Little Prince Day Care, Villa Park
  • *Livingston County Special Services Unit, Pontiac
  • Lombard Elementary SD 44, Lombard
  • Lovington CUSD 303, Lovington
  • *Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Chicago
  • *Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Des Plaines
  • Macomb CUSD 185, Macomb
  • *Mary Crane Center, Chicago
  • *MDO/ABC Preschool, Sycamore
  • *Metropolitan Family Services, Chicago
  • Midstate Special Education, Taylorville
  • *Milestones Early Learning Center & Preschool, Bloomington
  • Milford CCSD 280, Milford
  • Momence CUSD 1, Momence
  • Morton SD 709, Morton
  • Mundelein Elementary SD 75, Mundelein
  • Murphysboro CUSD 186, Carbondale
  • Nashville CCSD 49, Nashville
  • *New Athens Pre-K, New Athens SD 60, New Athens
  • New Berlin CUSD 16, New Berlin
  • Northwest Special Education District, Freeport
  • Oblong CUSD 4, Oblong
  • *O’Fallon CCSD 90, O’Fallon
  • Oglesby Elementary SD 125, Oglesby
  • Olympia CUSD 16, Stanford
  • Orland SD 135, Orland Park
  • *Over the Rainbow, Washington
  • Palos Heights SD 128, Palos Heights
  • *PASS Preschool, Freeport
  • Paxton-Buckley-Loda CUSD 10, Paxton
  • Pekin SD 108, Pekin
  • *Peoria County Bright Futures, Dunlap District 323, Dunlap
  • *Peoria County Bright Futures, Illini Bluffs District 327, Glasford
  • *Peoria County Bright Futures, Norwood District 63, Peoria
  • *Peoria County Bright Futures, Peoria Heights District 325, Peoria Heights
  • *Peoria County Bright Futures, Pleasant Valley District 62, Peoria
  • *Peoria SD 150, Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center, Peoria
  • *Player Early Childhood Center, Indian Springs School District 109, Justice
  • *Prairie Children Preschool/Indian Prairie School District 204, Aurora
  • *Pre-K At Risk Program/Marquardt School District 15, Glendale Heights
  • Princeville CUSD 326, Princeville
  • Queen Bee SD 16, Glendale Heights
  • Quincy SD 172, Quincy
  • *Rend Lake College Foundations Children’s Center, Ina
  • *Richland Community College, Decatur
  • Robinson CUSD 2, Robinson
  • *Rockford Early Childhood Program, Rockford District 205, Rockford
  • Rockton SD 140, Rockton
  • *SAL Child Care Connection, Peoria
  • *Salvation Army Child Care, Chicago
  • *Salvation Army Red Shield Head Start, Chicago
  • Savanna CUSD 300, Savanna
  • Schaumburg CCSD 54, Schaumburg
  • *Schaumburg Park District, Schaumburg
  • *School Readiness Center Preschool, Naperville
  • Schuyler SD 1, Rushville
  • *See Saw Day Care Center, Burlington
  • *Shiloh Elementary Pre-K Program, Shiloh Village SD 85, Shiloh
  • *Shining Stars Christian Preschool, Montgomery
  • Silvis SD 34, Silvis
  • *Somerset Family Childcare
  • *Southern Region Early Childhood Programs/
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Southern Seven Head Start, Ullin
  • *Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC), Kids Club, Belleville
  • St. Anne CCSD 256, St. Anne
  • STARNET Region I & III, Macomb
  • STARNET Region IV, Belleville
  • *St. Barnabas Christian Preschool, Cary
  • *Step By Step Inc., Alton
  • Sterling CUSD 5, Sterling
  • *Summit Early Learning Center, Elgin
  • *Teresa’s Daycare, West Chicago
  • *The Learning Tree Child Care Center, Elgin
  • *The Learning Tree Child Care Center, Huntley
  • *The Learning Tree Early Childhood School, Lake Zurich
  • *Thunderbird Preschool, Crystal Lake
  • *Township High School District 211, Palatine
  • *Triad CUSD #2, Troy
  • Trico CUSD 176, Campbell Hill
  • *Tri-Point CUSD #6J, Kempton
  • *Troy Early Childhood Center, Troy
  • *Two Rivers Head Start Agency, Aurora
  • *Uni-Press Kindercottage, East St. Louis
  • *Unity Point School #140, Carbondale
  • *Urbana SD 116, Urbana
  • *Valley View Early Childhood Center, Valley
  • View CUSD 365U, Romeoville
  • Vienna Elementary SD 55, Vienna
  • Virginia CUSD 64, Virginia
  • VIT CUSD 2, Table Grove
  • *West Chicago School District 33, Early Learning Center, West Chicago
  • West Richland SD 2, Noble
  • *Willow Family Child Care, Wheaton
  • *Winfield District 34 Tiger Cub Preschool, Winfield
  • Winnebago CUSD 323, Winnebago
  • *Woodford County Special Education Association, Metamora
  • *YMCA Garfield Center, Chicago
  • *Zion Lutheran School, Bethalto

Thank you to our editor and consultant:

  • Editor: Kevin Dolan, Illinois Early Learning Project, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Finally, but by no means last, a special thank you to Gaye Gronlund, nationally known early childhood expert and author, for helping us make the revised standards come alive in Illinois as she worked tirelessly and enthusiastically in guiding the workgroup and field testing programs and participants.
  • We wish to thank everyone who participated in the revision of the IELDS. We have striven to make this list as complete as possible. If your program was not included on this list, we apologize for the oversight. Please let us know so we can update this list in future printings of the Standards.

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Tools for Teachers

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