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The Illinois Early Learning Project is a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for families, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois.

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Swimming for the Ages

Swimming looks different for different age groups. Choose swim lessons with safety and quality instruction in mind.
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Swim Lessons for Young Children

Learning to swim is an important milestone for young children. Knowing how to survive in water is a critical life skill. Swimming builds strength, endurance, and flexibility. It is fun, relaxing, and enjoyed by individuals with and without disabilities. 
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Coding and Precoding with Young Children

This list gives educators and parents resources on teaching coding and precoding skills to young children.
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Reggio Emilia-Inspired Classrooms and Programs

This list gives educators and parents resources about the Reggio Emilia approach used in early childhood classrooms and programs.
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Precoding Activities for Preschoolers

Young children can learn precoding skills through games that teach taking and giving directions, turn-taking, communication, and more. 
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Precoding for Preschoolers 

While preschoolers are unlikely to spend time coding computers, they can develop skills through fun and engaging hands-on games that will prepare them for coding when they are older.