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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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Building Literacy Through Reggio Emilia Inspiration

In this episode, we interview Dr. Ali Lewis, director of University Primary School at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and talk about integrating early literacy in a Reggio Emilia–inspired program.
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Picky Eaters

This tool kit will provide information on picky eating, including why it occurs, strategies to try, actions to avoid, and how to help children with disabilities in this area. 
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You Belong Here: Speaking Inclusively in Early Childhood Settings

This blog will discuss strategies for teachers who are striving to use more inclusive language in early childhood classrooms.
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Everyone Can Be a Leader

This tool kit will provide information on three helpful strategies for promoting child leadership in the classroom. 
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The Car Project

The Car Project took place at St. George’s Episcopal School in New Orleans. Eleven infants and toddlers participated in this investigation.
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Car Seats and Safety in the Car

This Q&A gives parents and caregivers answers to important safety questions about keeping kids safe in the car, car seat laws and recommendations, and car seat installation guidance.