Home icon

Welcome!

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.


What’s New on IEL?

multi color legos on blue background

Coding and Precoding with Young Children

This list gives educators and parents resources on teaching coding and precoding skills to young children.
Child paints leaf on table

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.
children on floor doing art

Precoding Activities for Preschoolers

Young children can learn precoding skills through games that teach taking and giving directions, turn-taking, communication, and more. 
boy playing with robot

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.
Child painting

What Is “Reggio Emilia Inspired”?

What are you likely to see in a Reggio Emilia–inspired program?
child eating pasta away from home

Dining Away from Home with Young Children 

Supporting young children as they learn to enjoy meals in new places takes some effort, but the outcome is rewarding.