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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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Topic Webs and Project Work

This blog describes strategies for using topic webs to enhance project work.
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Knowledge Versus Understanding

This blog explains the importance of helping children develop a deep understanding of topics through their project work.
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Sing It! Chant It! Learn It!

This blog describes how singing and chanting can facilitate connection and learning for young children and their caregivers.
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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT)

This list gives educators and families resources about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) use to support children with disabilities in early learning settings.
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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.