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IEL Resources

  • *IEL Videos
    These videos are filmed in preschool, child care, and home settings. Benchmark Videos show how various IELDS benchmarks can be met, Guidelines Videos show caregivers helping children meet standards in the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines, and Parenting Videos show some family activities that help children learn about the world.
  • *IEL Tip Sheets
    These are easy-to-read one-page resources on a variety of topics of interest to parents and teachers of young children. All Tip Sheets are available in English, Spanish, and Polish. Selected Tip Sheets and some additional resources are also available in Chinese, Korean, Arabic, and Russian.
  • *Search Resources by Topic (i.e., nutrition, art, anger)
    High-quality early learning resources are compiled and reviewed by IEL staff to help teachers and parents of young children find the information they need.
  • *Resource Lists
    These lists on popular topics are prepared and regularly updated by IEL staff.
  • *Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    These include a series of FAQs (and their answers) on early learning topics.
  • *Illinois Projects in Practice (
    This website provides support, resources, and information for teachers, specialists, administrators, and trainers interested in the implementation of the Project Approach in Illinois classrooms for preschool children. Illinois Projects in Practice ( is a part of the Illinois Early Learning Project.
  • *Blogs
    IEL publishes several blogs on issues related to the education and care of young children: children with special needs, dual language learners, learning and growing together, and the role of play.
  • *IEL Electronic Newsletters
    Our monthly newsletters contain updates to the IEL website as well as an upcoming calendar of events. The Quarterly News contains information about early care and education for parents, caregivers, or teachers of young children.
  • *Adapting Lesson Plans to Meet IELDS Benchmarks
    These sample lesson plans help teachers tailor their lessons to young children with a variety of learning needs to meet the standards and benchmarks of the 2013 IELDS.
  • *Talks with Experts, Webinars & Ask Dr. Katz Archive

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!

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State of Illinois Resources

cover2013 Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (IELDS) provide reasonable expectations for children’s growth, development, and learning in the preschool years.

coverEarly 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.

coverIllinois Prevention Initiative Implementation Manual 2013 is based on the Illinois Birth to Five Program Standards and Quality Indicators. It was compiled to assist program staff in the implementation and continuous improvement of their birth to three programs.

If you don't find what you need, and 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.


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.