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IEL Quarterly News

IEL Quarterly News
2017, January-March

New Resource to Support Family-School Partnerships

IL-FSS Logo.pngFamilies and schools need to collaborate to support student learning. The Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative has created a new website for the Illinois State Board of Education that focuses on building partnerships between families and schools to promote children’s success. The Illinois Families and School Success (IL-FSS) website is your gateway to evidence-based resources about how families can be involved in the education and learning of their children in Title 1 programs, PreK through high school.


NumbersNumbers, shapes, and patterns are all around us. In her latest blog, Dr. Rebecca Swartz talks about how young children can learn about math through play and daily routines. She highlights the new graphic Tip Sheets from the IEL Project that provide ideas for making math thinking and conversations part of everyday activities.

Illinois Poison Prevention Month

March is Illinois Poison Prevention Month. Accidental poisonings are a frequent cause of hospitalizations among young children. Curious young children are driven to explore their environments and are unaware that some items can be dangerous to their health. The Illinois Poison Prevention Center has free outreach materials and a free online course with tips for poison prevention that can help you make your home, child care center, or school a safe place for young children.

Explore Assistive Technology for Early Childhood

AACIn November 2016, the Center on Technology and Disability hosted a symposium on Technology Solutions for Early Childhood. Videos of the presentations and downloadable resources are now available on its website. Young children learn in different ways and may have differing abilities. Assistive technology is anything we can buy, modify, or create to help do something we otherwise could not do. These resources can help families and schools think creatively about ways to enhance the participation of diverse children in early learning opportunities.

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child

Join early childhood educators and families around the country to celebrate the Week of the Young Child. This annual event, hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers, and their families. NAEYC has provided resources and ideas on its website to help communities celebrate.

Katz-echisms: Thoughts From Lilian Katz

An appropriate curriculum for young children focuses on supporting their in-born intellectual dispositions, for example, the disposition to make the best sense they can of their own experience and their own environment.

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