Illinois Early Learning Project


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Questions about early learning

Looking for information and resources on a particular topic? Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) and our Tip Sheets. If you don't find what you need in the FAQs or Tip Sheets, don't hesitate to ask our information specialists a question!

How do I ask a question about early learning?

If you live in Illinois, contact us with your question. We will respond with an answer, or with a search of relevant databases, referrals to relevant Web resources, and/or referrals to other organizations in the state.

You can contact us in one of the following ways:

In-Depth Questions: Ask Doctor Katz

Do you have a question about some aspect of early care and education that will require an in-depth response? Dr. Lilian G. Katz, Director of the Illinois Early Learning project, is an internationally recognized expert in early childhood education and parenting. We invite you to Ask Doctor Katz!

Dr. Katz will respond directly to questions that are of general interest, and the questions and responses will be archived on the IEL Web site. Responses to other questions will be provided by IEL's information services staff.

How do I download and use the Flash plug-in?

The IEL Home Page uses what is known as Flash technology to display some moving text on the home page. While it is not necessary to see this text to be able to view and use the home page, if you want to view the Flash feature, you'll need to download the Flash player.

The Flash player is available free of charge from the Adobe company.

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Download Adobe Flash Player

Select the "download now" button. A pop-up box will appear with the filename of the Flash player installer (e.g., flashplayer5.exe) and with the folder structure of your computer. Scroll through the folders and choose the folder (probably a temporary or test folder) where you want to save the Flash player installer.

Close out any programs you have running on your computer. Then scroll to the folder where you saved the Flash player installer. Select the installer (by double-clicking on it). The Flash player installs itself. Simply follow the directions in the pop-up boxes. During the installation process, you will need to choose which browser you want the Flash player to install in. When installation is complete (just a minute or so), you don't need to do anything more.

For more information about the Flash player, visit the About Adobe Flash Player page.

What's this icon mean?

PDF This is the symbol for Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). Read more about PDFs below.

How do I download and use the Adobe Acrobat Reader?

Some documents on the IEL Web site are available in Adobe's proprietary Portable Document Format (PDF). Many people prefer PDF documents to htm Web pages because the PDF documents preserve the look and feel of the original print documents. They are also very convenient for printing.

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Download Adobe Reader

However, to view these PDF documents or files, you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. The free-of-charge Adobe Acrobat Reader is available from the Adobe Web site.

  • Please follow the instructions on the Adobe Acrobat download page for installing the Acrobat Reader.
  • View Adobe's Customer First Support page for more information.
  • Refer all questions about Acrobat Reader, including how to create and view PDF files, to Adobe Customer Support.

This process basically involves filling out some forms (e.g., you need to identify your operating system, i.e, Windows 2000) and then selecting "download." A pop-up box will appear with the filename of the Adobe Acrobat Reader installer and with the folder structure of your computer. Scroll through the folders and choose the folder (probably a temporary or test folder) where you want to save the Adobe Acrobat Reader installer.

Close out any programs you have running on your computer. Then scroll to the folder where you saved the Adobe Acrobat Reader installer. Select the installer (by double-clicking on it). The Adobe Acrobat Reader setup program will automatically install the software. You will need to answer a few questions (such as the drive and folder on your computer where you want to put the Adobe Acrobat Reader program) as the setup proceeds. When installation is complete (just a few minutes), you don't need to do anything more.

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.

NOTE: There may be publications on this page that are available as PDF (portable document format) files. To be able to read these files, download the free Adobe Reader.