Museums: Hands-on and More!

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Learning through water play

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Movement and Circle Games

Activities for helping children demonstrate an awareness of music as a part of daily life, develop kinesthetic pattern recall, develop spatial awareness, engage in

How Many Bears on the Bed?

Use a School Readiness Activity to provide early mathematical thinking experiences for preschool children that will prepare them to do
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Teacher Vision
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Sharing Presents Equally

Use a School Readiness Activity to provide early mathematics thinking experiences for preschool children that will prepare them to do

Talks on Tuesdays

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Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center
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Baby Milestones: Motor Development

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Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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The Value of Process Art

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STARNET: Early Childhood
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The Needs of Dual Language Learners

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University of California Television
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Back to School–Making and Tinkering With STEM Webinar

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Transitions for Beginners

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STARNET: Early Childhood
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Communication Milestones Infant to Two Years

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Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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Experiences Build Brain Architecture

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Center on the Developing Child
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Ready, Set, Read

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Puckett Institute
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Let’s Go for a Walk

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STARNET: Early Childhood
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Everyday Fun with Science: Let’s Talk About STEM

Infants and toddlers observe, explore, and test the world around them. This four minute video discusses how adults can help

Social Emotional Tips for Families of Infants

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The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC)
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Turning On or Tuning Out: The Influence of Media on Young Children’s Development

In this podcast, Dr. Ellen Wartella talks about recent research on the impact of media on young children and how

Your Parenting Toolbox: 7 Tools for Setting Limits with Young Children

This short article provides strategies to use when young children are acting out.

Setting Limits: Helping Children Learn Self-Regulation

This short article describes the benefits and challenges of setting limits with children. It offers do’s and don’ts and suggestions

It’s Okay to Say No

This article discusses the importance of telling children “no” and how it ca help to build self-control.

Discipline and Limit Setting

This page provides information on how caregivers can help young children develop self-control and self-regulation.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Understanding infant mental health is the key to preventing and treating the mental health problems of very young children and

Integrating Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation with the Pyramid Model

This policy brief provides an overview of early childhood mental health consultation, how it can support the implementation of the
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National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations
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Children’s Mental Health

This provides information on child development, symptoms and treatment for mental disorders, and treatment options for behavior problems.

International Children’s Digital Library

This online library provides links to free online children’s books from many cultures and in several languages.
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International Children's Digital Library
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La biblioteca pre-escolar

This preschool library website contains activities and booklists in Spanish that can be shared with parents.

Learning about Your Students’ Backgrounds

This explains how to create a welcoming environment, especially for diverse families. Learning some of their language, even if it’s

Pat Mora on Reaching Out to Latino Parents

In this interview, Pat Mora, a Mexican American children’s author and poet, suggests that sometimes fear of the unknown can

How to Reach Out to Parents of ELLs

This resource developed by Colorin Colorado lists ways to reach out to Hispanic parents to get them involved in their

A Developmental Approach to Assessment of Young Children

Dr. Lilian Katz clarifies the main purposes for which children are typically assessed and discusses the relationship between assessment and
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Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
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Assessment Basics: From Observation to Instruction

This article advocates the use of developmentally appropriate assessment to support learning through the process of gathering information related to

Work Sampling System

This report describes the Work Sampling System as a means of documentation and evaluation as well as reporting.
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FairTest
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Performance Assessment in Early Childhood Education: The Work Sampling System

Sam Meisels describes the Work Sampling System and explains how testing of young children can be used inappropriately, resulting in
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Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
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Collecting and Using Work Samples

This five-minute video describes how to collect and use work samples to document children’s learning in the preschool classroom.
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Head Start
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Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era

This clinical report provides pediatric health care providers with evidence-based information that can be used to support caregivers as they
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American Academy of Pediatrics
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The Immediate Impact of Different Types of Television on Young Children’s Executive Function

A research study found that preschool-aged children who watched fast-paced television cartoons did less well at self-regulation, working memory, and
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American Academy of Pediatrics
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Joint Guidance Brief on the Use of Technology with Young Children

This is a guidance brief on early learning and the use of technology to help families and early educators use
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U.S. Departments of Human Services and Education
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Early Childhood, Media Use, and Development: Human Touch First and Foremost Zero to Three, 2018

Media use by young children, even those 2 years old and younger, continues to increase. It must be used appropriately

What NOT to Do When Your Child Is Having a Tantrum

This article provides tips on responding to difficult toddler behavior

Disciplining Your Toddler

Here are suggestions for setting limits that will help prevent future discipline problems.

A Temper, A Tantrum

This publication explains that understanding why tantrums happen and knowing how to respond, helps parents reduce the number and intensity
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Oklahoma State Department of Health
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Understanding Children: Disciplining Your Toddler

This resource explains that disciplining a toddler isn’t easy, but understanding the reasons for the behavior and keeping your goals
Source:
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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Understanding Children: Temper Tantrums

This parent resource helps parents understand the causes of temper tantrums and ways to plan ahead to help prevent them.
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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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Dealing with Temper Tantrums

Two-year-olds may express their frustration or anger with a tantrum. This tip sheet explains how parents can prevent and diffuse
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Challenging Behavior Resource Guide

This topical guide will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources.

The Combine Project: An Experience in a Dual-Language Classroom

This article, by Rebecca Wilson, describes what happened when a bilingual kindergarten class in West Liberty, Iowa, investigated a combine.
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Early Childhood Research and Practice

What Does Research Tell Us About Teaching Reading to English Language Learners?

This article provides a synthesis of research, and provides information on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension in young

Help! Kit for Grades Pre-K – 6

This kit for primary teachers can be downloaded from the web. It includes ideas for recommended teaching strategies, lesson plans,
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ESCORT
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Early Literacy Instruction for ELLs

These resources provide guidance on how to build a foundation for literacy development as well as guidance on using a

Supporting Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood

This topical guide on supporting dual language learners in early childhood will introduce you to important books, videos, and information

Supporting Social-Emotional Development

This webinar series, featuring short instructional videos, addresses positive relationships, modeling empathy, and the importance of social-emotional and cognitive development.

Social Development in 3-5 Year Olds

Preschoolers are learning sophisticated ways to relate to others. This article provides information on social development, including empathy, imagination, and

Fostering Healthy Social & Emotional Development in Young Children

These tips, which are organized by age, are intended to help early childhood caregivers support children’s social and emotional development.

Making Friends and Getting Along with Peers

This chapter from the book From Neurons to Neighborhoods discusses how establishing relationships with peers is a major developmental task that is
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The National Academies Press
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Promoting Positive Peer Social Interactions

This brief discusses the importance of successful social interactions to promote positive social and emotional development in children.
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The Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
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Parents’ Guide to Language Delays and Speech Disorders in Children

This site provides information on speech and language milestones, risk factors, and describes the benefits of early intervention speech therapy.

Important Speech Milestones

This article helps parents know what to expect based on their child’s age (0 to 3).

10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Childhood apraxia of speech is a disorder of the nervous system that affects the ability to sequence and say sounds,
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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
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Typical Speech and Language Development

Parents and teachers can learn more about speech development, including social language and the effects of learning more than one
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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
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Language Delay

This explains that simple speech delays are sometimes temporary in children. They may resolve on their own or with a

Delayed Speech or Language Development

How long should parents wait if they are concerned about a child’s speech or language development? KidsHealth suggests an early

School-Home Links/Book Links

Using the Library and Writing about Books Retelling Stories through Drawing Draw in Response and Answer Questions Following Directions by
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Home U.S. Department of Education
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Involving Siblings in Early Intervention

Siblings are an important part of a child’s family and Early Intervention (EI) is a family-centered program. This one-page tip

Sibling Rivalry

This article includes reasons that children fight and ways to help promote peace.

Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling

Adjusting to a new sibling can be made a little easier when parents consider the older child in the transition.

Understanding Sibling Rivalry

This fact sheet includes suggestions for parents on helping children learn to get along with brothers and sisters.
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Ohio State University
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New Baby Sibling

This website discusses how to prepare an older child for the arrival of a new brother or sister.
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Mott Children’s Hospital
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What Is Sibling Rivalry?

This website includes the reasons for sibling rivalry as well as tips and resources that parents can use to teach
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Mott Children’s Hospital
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The Contribution of Documentation to the Quality of Early Childhood Education

This article describes why documentation is important in early childhood education.
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Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
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Project Approach (website)

This website is dedicated to providing information about the Project Approach. It offers theory, structure, and examples of the Project
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Your Child’s Weight

This article covers topics such as growth and puberty, body mass index, under and overweight, and the role genes play.

How Should I Deal with a Picky Eater?

This Q&A website explains what parents can do when their child is a selective eater.

Motor Development

This parent guide includes a list of motor development milestones.

Feeling Hungry? Satisfying Books about Food for Young Children

This reviews a selection of books for young children on food topics, such as eating vegetables and foods for special

ChooseMyPlate.gov

This website provides games, activities, songs, and videos that encourage a healthy lifestyle for young children.
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US Department of Agriculture
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Ask & Answer: Phonological Awareness

This module helps to answer the questions: What is phonological awareness? Why is it important? How should it be taught?
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National Center on Improving Literacy
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Phonological Awareness: What It Is and How It Works

Phonological awareness is a skill that allows kids to recognize and work with the sounds of spoken language. This article

Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

This article describes difficulties in phonological awareness from three perspectives: the child, the parent, and the teacher. It also offers

The Music Center in Child Care

The Extension website says activities in a music center can support children’s development across several different domains.
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Extension Alliance for Better Child Care
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Learning with Musical Instruments

This resource explains what skills children develop when using instruments. It also provides tips for adults to maximize child learning.

Position Statement on Early Childhood Education

Music is a natural and important part of young children’s growth and development. The National Association for Music Education explains
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National Association for Music Education
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When I’m 3, where will I be? A Family’s Transition Workbook

This workbook was developed by parents, early intervention, and early childhood personnel to provide information as you approach your child’s

Transition at Age 3 : Leaving the Early Intervention Program

This tip sheet discusses the steps involved in a successful transition out of the early intervention system.

Transition Is More Than a Change in Services: The Need for a Multicultural Perspective

This report by the University of Illinois discusses the transition from Early Intervention services to preschool services, which presents many
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Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
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Early School Transitions and the Social Behavior of Children with Disabilities: Selected Findings from the Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study

This national study examines the characteristics of children receiving preschool special education, the services they receive, their transitions across educational
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Institute of Education Sciences
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Moving Our Bodies

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Sesame Street in Communities
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Play and Children’s Learning

The latest research on play, play based learning, and ideas to share with families.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Use Positive Words

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Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behavior
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Creativity in Young Children

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University of Missouri Extension
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Education Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois

This guide is for parents, teachers, administrators, and others to help them learn about the educational rights of children who

Transitions in Early Intervention

This resource guide provides a list of books and DVDs that are available for checkout to Illinois residents, along with
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Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
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The American Academy of Pediatrics

This resource is committed to improving healthcare for children.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC provides resources and information about preventing diseases.
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Illinois Department of Public Health

This organization is dedicated to improving the health and safety of people in Illinois.
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Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

What can be done at school to help a traumatized child? This online publication includes descriptions of the effects and
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National Child Traumatic Stress Network
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Children, Violence and Trauma

The ACT program helps build safe and strong families.
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American Psycological Association
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Safe from the Start: Taking Action on Children Exposed to Violence

This publication describes an action plan that outlines principles for preventing and reducing the negative impact of the exposure to
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U.S. Department of Justice
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For Caregivers (How to Support a Child Who Has Witnessed Violence)

This brief list suggests ways that care providers can help.
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Child Witness to Violence Project
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Domestic Violence: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals

This factsheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway discusses the extent of the overlap between domestic violence and child welfare,
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Promoting Protective Factors for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Guide for Practitioners

This factsheet presents information from a review of current research linking protective factors to well-being for children exposed to domestic
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Providing Trauma-Informed Supports

This blog post provides information on the impact of trauma on young children and strategies that caregivers can use to

Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative (ISTAC)

Is now a part of the Illinois Multi-Tiered System of Supports Network (IL MTSS-N)
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Baby Talk

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Gateways to Opportunity

TOPICS: social emotional, leadership, development, STEAM, and more
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Illinois Professional Development System
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WIDA Early Years eLearning Modules

Self-paced interactive modules CREDIT: up to five hours of ISBE and/or Gateways credit available TOPICS: dual language learners, disabilities, multilingual
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WIDA Early Years
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Early Childhood Investigations Webinars

Free webinars with certificates TOPICS: equity, virtual learning, trauma, boosting enrollment, mindfulness
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Early Childhood Investigations
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Early Childhood Webinars

Free webinars with certificates TOPICS: kindergarten readiness, distance learning, math talk, robotics, language, autism, classroom management

Head Start Webinars

Free webinars.TOPICS: inclusion, supervision, fatherhood, home safety, feeding

Sesame Street In Communities

Free professional development, courses, and interactive trainings TOPICS: early literacy, developmental domains, resilience, early math, family engagement

CONNECT Module 6: Dialogic Reading Practices

This resource explains the purpose, use, and potential benefits of dialogic reading practices when working with young children. Free early
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Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
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Activities — Helping Your Child Become a Reader: As Simple as ABC

Sharing the alphabet with your child helps her begin to recognize the shapes of letters and to link them with
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U.S. Department of Education
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Infant Toddler Temperament Tool (IT3)

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The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC)
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Autism Toolkit

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Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development
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Safe Kids Worldwide

This is a nonprofit organization that works hard to keep children safe from injury, including adverse drug events. The website
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Illinois Poison Center

This organization provides expert telephone treatment, public education, and focused research related to poison incidence and injuries.

Child Mind Institute Medication Guide

This guide sheds light on the most effective medications for specific disorders, as well as how to know if your
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Child Mind Institute
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Key Findings: Children Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) May Have Educational Disabilities

A study from the Tennessee Department of Health found that children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) were more likely
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Prenatal Opiate Exposure

This webinar focuses on the impact of prenatal exposure to opiates. The presenter talks about early childhood learning and behavior
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Early Intervention Training Program
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Digital Storybook: The Perfect Project

Easily accessible online, this children’s book story teaches children about the importance of medicine safety.

Pills Vs. Candy

This interactive game challenges the player to look at two pictures and choose which one is a medicine/pill and which

Five Ways to Help Keep Your Kids Safe

This one-minute video provides tips on how parents can ensure they are safely using over-the-counter medicine with their children.

CDC Up and Away on Coffee with America

Dr. Dan Budnitz visits Coffee with America to talk about dangers relating to children and medication. In this five-minute video,
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Simple Steps to Safe Medicine Storage

This one-minute video clip provides information about the dangers of child access to medications. It provides steps for parents to

A Head Start on Treating Our Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

In this report, practitioners discuss how Head Start is addressing the opioid crisis within communities. The report also includes recommendations
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National Head Start Association
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Family Guides to Medicine Safety

This website provides family guides (available in a variety of languages) about medication safety. The website also has videos, a

Keep a Lid on It

Medication poisoning is one of the leading causes for emergency room visits for children under five years. This five-minute podcast
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Safe Medicine Storage for Travel

While families are staying in a hotel or at a friend’s home, it may be more difficult to keep medicine
Source:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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An In-Depth Look at Keeping Young Children Safe Around Medicine

This research report includes information about the prevalence, causes, and prevention of medication poisoning in children.
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Safe Kids Worldwide
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Common Mistakes Parents Make in Medication Storage

This simple infographic explains information parents should know about keeping medications safe from children, as well as common mistakes parents

What to Know about Storing Medicine Infographic

This simple infographic explains the risk of children having access to medication and provides ways for families to decrease the

Is it Candy or Medicine?

Young children do not understand the harmful effects of medication and other dangerous substances, so parents must be cautious. This
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Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
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Opioid Fact Sheet

This website provides one-page fact sheets that highlight the impact of the opioid crisis on children in the United States.
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American Academy of Pediatrics
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Up and Away

Proper storage of medications is an important safety precaution that should be practiced to help keep young children safe. This
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For Parents: Young Children and Adverse Drug Events

Children under age five are at a high risk for experiencing adverse drug events. This website provides information about the
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Medication Safety Tips

This website provides general information about medication safety for children. It includes information about dosing safety, mixing food with medication,

Medicine Safety for Children: An In-Depth Look at Calls to Poison Centers

This 20-page report provides an analysis of data from the National Poison Data System to better understand what types of medicine

How to Keep Kids Safe Around Medicine

This webpage includes several resources on safety and medications.

Illinois Lead Program FAQ

This is an FAQ on lead poisoning.
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Illinois Department of Public Health
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Lead Poisoning Prevention

This article presents facts about lead in Chicago and tips for parents and guardians to help stop children from coming into

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

This annual event aims to raise awareness to reduce childhood exposure to lead and to encourage implementation of local activities
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Lead Exposure – Steps to Protect Your Family

The most important step parents, doctors, and others can take is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs.  This article

A Healthy Home for Everyone – The Guide for Families and Individuals

This guidebook shows the link between different causes of illness and how to prevent the illness.  Causes include lead, smoking,
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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CDC Lead

This website includes links to information for parents, prevention tips, data, state programs, and tools and training materials.
Source:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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EPA 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities

3Ts was developed to assist schools with lead in drinking water prevention programs. It is intended for use by school

Illinois EPA Resources on Lead

This website provides information from several federal and state sources on lead in water, testing for lead, prevention, and lead-based

Lead Testing of Water in Licensed Day Care Facilities – DCFS Policy Guide 2017.13

The purpose of this Policy Guide is to inform all day care licensing staff and day care providers in Illinois
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Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
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Help your preschooler eat well, be active, and grow up healthy! (MyPlate.gov)

This section of the ChooseMyPlate website is for parents and caregivers of children 2 through 5 years of age who

Search for an Accredited Early Child Care Center/Preschool

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Let’s Talk, Read and Sing About STEM!

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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Office of Early Childhood Development
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How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?

Every child is unique, but it can be helpful to consider the age at which most children accomplish certain speech

Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8

This position paper reviews findings on the effects of technology on young children and recommends educators use their professional judgment
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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What to look for in a program

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Science and technology

Epstein, A. S. (2012). Science and technology. Ypsilanti, MI: High Scope.

The Surprising Rationality of Young Children’s Thinking

Copley, J. V., Jones, C., & Dighe, J. (2007). Mathematics: The creative curriculum approach. Washington, DC: Teaching Strategies.
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Web presentation by Tamir Kushnir
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Which Container Holds the Most?

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Southwest Educational Development Lab
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Spatial Skill Development

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Roberta Michnick Golinkoff Ph.D.
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Technology and Media

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Media and Young Minds

This is a policy statement on media use.
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American Academy of Pediatrics
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Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement

This four-part webinar series focuses on the relationship-based competencies (RBCs)—knowledge, skills, and individual practices—early childhood staff need based on their

Book Nook

These easy-to-use guides were created especially for teachers/caregivers and parents to provide hands-on ways to embed social emotional skill building
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The Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
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DEC Recommended Practices (RPs)

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Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
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Childhood Vaccines

This page includes links to extensive information related to vaccines and immunizing children. Some information for parents is available in

Be There for Your Child During Shots

This webpage, in English and Spanish, advises parents on ways to support their children when they are vaccinated.

Illinois Immunization Program

This website includes recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Illinois Department of Public Health
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Parents Guide to Childhood Immunizations

This resource includes recommendations for immunizing children against the 10 vaccine-preventable childhood diseases. Illinois has laws requiring vaccination against some
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Illinois Department of Health
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The Role of Pretend Play in Children’s Cognitive Development

This journal defines the cluster of concepts related to pretend play and cognition and briefly synthesizes the latest research on
Source:
Early Childhood Research and Practice
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Family Routines and Rituals: A Context for Development in the Lives of Young Children

This article notes that naturally occurring family routines and meaningful rituals provide both a predictable structure that guides behavior and
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Infants and Young Children
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Correlates of Family Routines in Head Start Families

This study suggests that establishing family routines could contribute to mothers’ overall well-being, but that establishing routines as an intervention
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Early Childhood Research and Practice
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Family Routines

This points out that routines are how families organize themselves to get things done, spend time together, and have fun.

Family Meals

This parent discusses how to plan, prepare, and share family meals. In addition to health and nutrition benefits, family meals

Understanding and Guiding How Your Child Eats

This guide suggests ways that parents can make family meals fun and pleasurable while promoting good eating habits.

A Review of 50 Years of Research on Naturally Occurring Family Routines and Rituals: Cause for Celebration?

This article notes that when there are predictable routines in the family, young children are healthier and their behavior is
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Journal of Family Psychology
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The Importance of Family Mealtime

It has been shown that families who eat together are healthier and happier. This article encourages families to cook together,

Young Children Can Learn How to Resolve Conflicts with Adult Guidance and Support

This explains that there are simple steps that adults can begin using immediately to assist children in learning how to

Ages & Stages: Learning to Resolve Conflicts

This website explains the ages of stages of learning conflict resolution.

Ways Child Care Providers Can Teach Young Children to Resolve Conflicts

This resource explains why teaching conflict resolution is beneficial for young children.

What Works Briefs

These briefs describe effective practices for supporting children’s social-emotional development and preventing challenging behaviors.
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The Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
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Aggressive Behavior in Toddlers

This article will help parents help their child learn to manage strong emotions and reactions as they become aware of

Understanding Behavior

These resources address the function of behavior, and include the ABCs of Behavior, Choosing Strategies, and Teaching Replacement Skills.

Why Are These Children Acting This Way?

This video presents that all behaviors communicate messages. Children need teachers who model and encourage respectful interactions.
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STARnet Regions I & III Apples Video Magazine
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Helping Young Children Control Anger and Handle Disappointment

Controlling anger and impulse is perhaps the most difficult task of emotional literacy. This article explains how teachers can play
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The Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
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Helping Young Children Channel Their Aggression

This article presents 12 suggestions that may help parents provide aggressive children with the guidance they need.

Angry Kids: Dealing With Explosive Behavior

How you react when a child lashes out has an effect on whether he will continue to respond to distress

Dealing with the Angry Child

This article explains that parents and teachers can help children learn to cope with their feelings of anger and to
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Virginia Cooperative Extension
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Sesame Street and Autism : See Amazing in All Children

This initiative offers families ways to manage common challenges, to simplify everyday activities, and to grow connections and support from

Parent Tips for Working with Teachers

Here are tips for parents to help them interact effectively with the education professionals who work with their child.

Educating Children with Autism

This online book includes chapters on problem behaviors and instructional strategies for children with autism.
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National Academic Press
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Early Childcare Provider’s Guide to Managing Challenging Behaviors

The purpose of this toolkit is to present ways for early childcare providers to better manage challenging behaviors in a

Autism Spectrum Disorder

This article explains that children with autism have differences in the way their brains develop and process information. This can

Autism Spectrum Disorder

This article includes early signs of ASDs, definitions of the different types, diagnosis methods, and strategies to help a child

Autism Resource Guide

This resource guide includes books, videos, organizations, articles and other resources related to Autism.
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Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that are caused by an abnormality in the brain. Children
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Recommendations for Outdoor Learning in Winter

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North American Association for Environmental Education
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Preschool Prep: How to Prepare Your Toddler for Preschool

In this resource, parents can find information on ways to get ready, respond to a child’s worries, and say goodbye

Helping Your Preschool Child

This online booklet includes suggested learning activities for children from birth through age five.

Easing Into Preschool

This article provides parent tips to help a child get a good start in preschool.

Preparing Your Child for Preschool

This article lists steps to take to make the adjustment to school easier for children.

Helping Your Child Adjust to Preschool

This article advises parents to make a careful decision in choosing a preschool for their child and familiarize the child

NAEYC for Families

These articles provide tips for parents to prepare themselves and their child for kindergarten. Saying Goodbye to Preschool and Hello
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Preschool For All Program Flyer

This flyer describes the ISBE Preschool for All (PFA) program.
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Illinois State Board of Education
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Help Finding Clothing and Hygiene Items

Clothing is distributed by Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) grantees in Illinois. Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are the designated CSBG
Source:
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
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Member Diaper Bank

This directory provides links to diaper banks across the Illinois and the United States. Families in Illinois that live in
Source:
National Diaper Bank Network
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Individual and Organizational Assistance

This page provides information about the Community Services Blog Grant Program (CSBG) that allows local community action agencies to help
Source:
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
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Utility Bill Assistance

This web page provides information about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Illinois and a clickable map
Source:
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
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Homeless Prevention

This page provides a description of services available in the state of Illinois to help families who are housing insecure
Source:
Illinois Department of Human Services
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Crisis Nursery Programs

When families are in the process of figuring out emergency housing, they may find temporary child care for their young
Source:
Illinois Department of Human Services
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Emergency & Transitional Housing Program

This page provides a description of emergency and transitional housing services as well as a directory of emergency and transitional
Source:
Illinois Department of Human Services
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Domestic Violence Agencies by City

Domestic violence is common experience for families experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. This link provides a list of shelters and
Source:
Illinois Department of Human Services
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Need Homeless Assistance?

This link provides a listing of Illinois Continuum of Care Agencies that can help to find affordable housing in local
Source:
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Illinois Housing Search

This web site provides an online search for affordable housing in Illinois. In addition, it provides detailed information and links

HUD Resource Locator

This web page provides a map-based search for affordable housing, local public housing authorities, homeless resources, and HUD offices across
Source:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Rental Assistance Program

This website has information about rental assistance through the Illinois Housing Development Authority and links to various programs that provide
Source:
Illinois Housing Development Authority
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Childhood Trauma: Understanding, Supporting and Preventing

This self-paced online module explores childhood trauma, disability, and trauma-informed practices in early childhood settings. The interactive module includes four
Source:
Military Families Learning Network’s Early Intervention
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Asthma

This page provides an overview of asthma, as well as information about symptoms & diagnosis, and treatment & management.

Asthma Overview

This page includes links to information related to the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of asthma. Click the 'Programs' tab for
Source:
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
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Raising a School-Ready Child: A Family Guide

This guide defines a school-ready child as one that is prepared to learn successfully when beginning school. It gives examples
Source:
Center on the Family at the University of Hawaii at Manoa
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What about Kindergarten?

This page includes activities designed to help a child get ready for kindergarten. There are additional activities specifically to help

Parents’ Reports of the School Readiness of Young Children

This report presents data on the school readiness of children in the United States as reported by their parents in
Source:
National Household Education Surveys Program
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Get Set 4 Kindergarten

This provides a month by month guide to school readiness which includes skill development, health, and reading readiness.
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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
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Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (K.I.D.S.)

This website contains information for parents and teachers about the K.I.D.S. Assessment required by the Illinois State Board of Education,
Source:
Illinois State Board of Education
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Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendar

This calendar is filled with ideas, activities and tips for you and your child to read, talk, and play every

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse

This website is specifically designed for fathers and professionals working with fathers. The website features a Dad Blog, tips and

Calling all Dads: Tips for Getting Involved in Your Child’s Preschool or Child Care Program

Dads have unique relationships with their children that should be celebrated and explored. This article gives tips for teachers and
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Involved Dads Help Kids Grow

This webpage talks about the ways fathers influence their children’s health and discusses the need for fathers (as well as

The Meaning of Father Involvement for Children

This research brief shows unique ways of thinking about father involvement and discusses the roles that fathers play in their

Infographic: The importance of Father Involvement

Having an involved father impacts a child’s success in school and overall quality of life. This one-page infographic shows statistics
Source:
Child and Family Research Partnership
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Homeless Children in School Nutrition Programs (slideshow)

Homeless children in Illinois are entitled to free meals from school feeding programs. This link provides a slide show about

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

This program provides supplemental nutrition resources, including infant formula or breastfeeding supports through supplemental food and breast pumps to infants
Source:
Illinois Department of Human Services
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Cash, SNAP (Food Stamps) & Medical Assistance

This link provides information on eligibility and the application process for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits program in
Source:
Illinois Department of Human Services
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Summer Food Service Program

This is a listing of sites where children can receive a nutritious meal when school is not in session.
Source:
Illinois State Board of Education
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Illinois Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Homeless Shelters

Search for emergency food resources in Illinois by city, county, and program type by city, county, or zipcode.
Source:
Illinois Emergency Food Program Portal
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Food Banks

This graphic map shows the coverage areas of Illinois Food Banks by County.
Source:
Feeding Illinois
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Food Connections

This directory lists agencies that provide supplemental food, emergency meal, and other feeding programs in Illinois. Listings are by region
Source:
Illinois Department of Human Services
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Teacher Time: Infant Toddler Cognition – Supporting Early Math

This video includes information about early math development in infants and toddlers and strategies caregivers can take to support math
Source:
National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL)
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Reading Together

Picture books can be an opportunity to develop children’s math and reading skills at the same time. These storybook guides
Source:
Development and Research in Early Math Education
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Puzzle Play: An Easy Way to Boost Early Spatial and Math Learning

Jigsaw puzzles are a fun and relaxing activity for families with young children to do together. But puzzle play offers
Source:
Development and Research in Early Math Education
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How to Identify Effective STEM Activities for Children

This resource includes information about the importance of learning STEM in the classroom at a young age, guidelines to help

Roll with It

Sliding common objects, such as blocks, boxes, balls, empty containers, and even play foods, down a ramp is a fun
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National Science Teachers Association
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The Pendulum

During this activity, children interact with pendulums and have the opportunity to develop their reasoning about movement and trajectory.
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Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education
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Preschool Science: Learning at the Playground!

This article discusses how adults can turn playground play into adventures in science. Children can learn about momentum, friction, and

Preschool STEM

This blog entry discusses science, technology, engineering, and math–STEM. Science can be rolling objects down a ramp while recording and
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National Science Teachers Association
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Let’s Talk about Math Series

This video series covers math concepts such as subtraction, spatial awareness, patterns, shapes, and measurement. Each three to five-minute video

Take it Outside! Adventures in Nature with STEAM

This hour-long webinar shows teachers how they can use nature and the outdoors to teach science, technology, engineering, art, and

Everyday Fun with Technology and Engineering: Let’s Talk About STEM

This three-minute video explains that children are naturally “little engineers.” Caregivers can help foster problem-solving by following the steps in

Back to School: Making and Tinkering with STEM

This 45-minute webinar shares tools and resources for incorporating STEM projects into the classroom.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Engaging Children in STEM Education Early

Many parents wonder what age their children should begin learning STEM. This article stresses that it is never too early

Scribbling Machines

In this blog, the author describes a classroom project in which children work in groups to build scribbling machines. This
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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STEM at the Sea

This article encourages families to let kids get messy by incorporating STEM activities into a day at the beach. These
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Peep and the Big Wide World

This resource includes videos and games for children relating to science, engineering, and mathematics. There are also activity ideas for

All About… Messy Play

Messy play is beneficial for many areas of child development. This resource discusses the benefits, obstacles, and sources for messy
Source:
Kernow Education Arts Partnership
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Understanding STEAM and How Children Use it

This resource explains each subject of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) and how children engage in each subject

Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) Practice Guides for Parents

These practice guides for parents can be used to provide preschoolers with fun and exciting literacy opportunities.

Encourage a Love of Reading

This webinar series explores how repeated, interactive read-alouds not only promote listening skills, comprehension, and critical thinking, but also present

Get Ready to Read

This website includes links to screening tools, skill-building activities, tips for parents, and literacy games and checklists. Also in Chinese, Korean and Arabic.

Growing Up to Read

Parents and preschool teachers are important resources in the child’s acquisition of language and early literacy concepts and skills. This
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The National Academies Press
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Toddlers: Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) Practice Guides for Parents

These practice guides for parents can be used to provide toddlers with fun and exciting literacy opportunities.

Infants: Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) Practice Guides for Parents

These practice guides for parents can be used to provide infants with fun and exciting literacy opportunities.

Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day!

Made specifically for families, caregivers and early educators, these resources can help enrich a child’s early language experiences by providing
Source:
U.S. Department of Education
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Books Build Connections Toolkit

Find tips for sharing books with young children and selecting books for your program.
Source:
American Academy of Pediatrics
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Shining Stars: Toddlers Get Ready to Read

This booklet suggests ways parents can help their toddlers learn to read. It includes a checklist for parents of toddlers.
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National Institute for Literacy
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Early Literacy

This page has links to several videos demonstrating ways babies and parents communicate in ways that encourage language development during

13 Things Babies Learn When We Read with Them

This article lists some specific ways babies benefit when adults read to them.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Parent Tips- Project Based Learning at Home

This provides tips for parents to do meaningful projects with their children at home.

Art is a Valuable Experience for Young Children

This article discusses the benefits of using art with infants, toddlers, and pre-school aged children. There are suggestions for art

Helping Your Child Learn Science

This booklet describes many activities that families can do with their children to promote scientific thinking. The projects listed in
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U.S. Department of Education
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Crafts for Kids

This page provides many ideas for projects to do with children that encourage scientific thinking.

The Project Approach

This article explains the benefits of using projects to help children learn. It also discusses some activities and everyday objects
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Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
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Project-Based and Experiential Learning in After-School Programming

This report discusses how and what children should be taught in after school hours. It also includes information about effective
Source:
Harvard
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Early Childhood Research & Practice, Volume 2, Number 1

Each issue of this online journal includes a project description.
Source:
Early Childhood Research and Practice
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You Are Not Alone: For Parents When They Learn That Their Child Has a Disability

This article, written by a parent of a child with a disability, describes common reactions to learning that your child
Source:
Center for Parent Information and Resources

Tips for Talking with Parents

This short article provides a sample parent-teacher conversation and some tips for having difficult conversations with parents.
Source:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Family-Professional Partnerships

This professional development module provides videos and other training materials to promote trusting partnerships with families.
Source:
Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
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How to Communicate with Parents

This short article discusses three key steps to take after discussing difficult topics with parents.

Discussing Difficult Issues

This short article provides several things to consider when discussing difficult issues with parents.
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West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
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Kit 2: At-Home Early Math Learning Kit for Families: Ideas for Supporting Young Children’s Math Skills

This kit (2 of 2) provides fun early math resources geared toward children from birth to age 8. Tips for
Source:
Development and Research in Early Math Education
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Kit 1: At-Home Early Math Learning Kit for Families: Ideas for Supporting Young Children’s Math Skills

This kit (1 of 2) provides fun early math resources geared toward children from birth to age 8. Tips for

Math Talk While Cooking Together

When families cook and prepare food, they naturally count, measure, and work with numbers. These recipes offer tips to help
Source:
Development and Research in Early Math Education
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Different Types of Play

These infographics break down the different types of play, the importance of each kind of play, and how to support

When 2-Year-Olds and 3-Year-Olds Think Like Scientists

Videos serve as discussion points in this journal article. In the videos, children solve problems they encounter during play.  (Also

“Fixing Puppets So They Can Talk”: Puppets and Puppet Making in a Classroom of Preschoolers with Special Needs

This article describes how a classroom of young children with special needs engaged with puppets and puppet-making.

Creating a “Yes” Environment

This article by an experienced teacher explains that a classroom should be an environment where children are able to feel

Good Toys for Young Children by Age and Stage

This resource notes that the best toys are those that can be played with in many different ways and that
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Recipes for Kids

Letting children help with food and meal preparation is a great way to encourage them to try new foods and
Source:
KidsHealth
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My Plate at Home

This booklet offers fun and easy tips for building healthier family meals that include the five food groups.
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U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Fitness and Your 4- to 5-Year-Old

This website suggests ways that parents can encourage children to participate in physical activities to promote good health.

Helping Your Child: Tips for Parents

Parents can find tips on encouraging healthy eating and exercise habits in their families. on this Weight-Control Information Network website.
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The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Health Information Center
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The Epidemic of Childhood Obesity: Review of Research and Implications for Public Policy

This report reviews medical and psychosocial risks associated with obesity in children, reviews prevention and intervention efforts, and makes recommendations

American Academy of Pediatrics Emergency Action Plan (AAP)

This is a trusted resource for current research and best practice as it relates to young children. The AAP has

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)

This website includes lots of information and resources for EC Providers and Parents. You will find FAQs, a 10 minute
Source:
Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)
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Mothers of Children Having Allergies (MOCHA)

MOCHA is a group of parents sharing information and supporting each other. MOCHA started in Chicago yet members are from
Source:
Mothers of Children Having Allergies (MOCHA)
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Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research (CFAAR)

The team at CFAAR has created many educational resources. You will find Early Childhood Food Allergy education videos for: EC
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Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine Video Resources
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Learn How to Control Asthma

This website contains helpful strategies for managing asthma and general information about asthma. This resource is available in a variety
Source:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How Asthma-Friendly Is Your Child-Care Setting?

This checklist can be used by childcare providers to self-evaluate their programs for obstacles to the safety of children with

Diagnosing Asthma in Babies and Toddlers

It can be difficult to diagnose asthma in babies and toddlers. This resource explains how parents can help by observing

Childhood Asthma

This website includes symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for children with asthma. It is also available in a few other languages.

Asthma Information

This resource offers practical how-to videos on how to use an inhaler with spacer and mask for young children. The
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South Side Pediatric Asthma Center (SSPAC)
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Asthma in Children

This article from Medline Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine and part of the National Institutes of

Asthma Friendly Childcare: A Toolkit for Understanding and Managing Asthma

This document provides a comprehensive toolkit with information about the causes of asthma and strategies for managing it.

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

This program is designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.
Source:
HUD Exchange
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The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

This is a leading book review site.
Source:
The Center for Children’s Books
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Let’s Read Together: Reading and Storytelling

This explains how parents can encourage their children’s interest in books and reading by sharing books and asking questions.

Recommended Books for Kids

This lists books by themes, including creatures, family, funny, and special days to help parents find ones to interest their
Source:
Reading Rockets
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Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

This links to several lists, including ones for bilingual, family, counting, and wordless books. More books are categorized according to
Source:
The Cooperative Children’s Books Center
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Relationship-Based Care Practices Webinar Series

This webinar series introduces infant-toddler caregivers to important program practices in group care.
Source:
Child Care State Capacity Building Center
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Including Relationship-Based Care Practices in Infant-Toddler Care: Implications for Practice and Policy

This brief describes relationship-based care practices and the research support for a focus on relationships in infant and toddler care.
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Network of Infant/Toddler Researchers
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DAP with Infants and Toddlers, Ages Birth – 3

This page describes Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) for infants and toddlers and provides resources for providers.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Social Emotional Tips for Providers Caring for Infants

This explains that the quality of infants’ relationships forms the foundation for their social and emotional health.
Source:
The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC)
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Research on Quality in Infant-Toddler Programs

This indicates that choice of high-quality care is critical for children’s optimal development.
Source:
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
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Natural Partners in Natural Environments: Childcare & Early Intervention

This booklet describes how child care providers can support families whose children may be eligible for, or are enrolled in,
Source:
Early Intervention Training Program
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Choosing Quality Child Care

This resource explains that all children—especially infants and toddlers—need a child care setting where they can thrive with caregivers who

Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines Implementation Toolkit

The following resources, tools, and process suggestions which are intended to assist states and territories in engaging in a strategic

Keys to High-Quality Child Care for Infants and Toddlers: Core Knowledge and Competencies for Infants and Toddlers

This fact sheet describes common elements found in the core knowledge and competencies for infants and toddlers of 36 states,

Infant and Toddler Child Care Quality

This publication identifies factors that tend to predict higher quality care within arrangement types—family child care, center care, and relative
Source:
Child Care and Education Research Connections
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A Journey Through Early Intervention

This resource helps walk families through the various aspects of a family’s journey through early intervention and strategies to consider

Early Intervention Central Directory

This directory includes links to organizations and projects here in Illinois, working in early intervention, parenting, developmental delays, special needs,

What is Early Intervention?

This describes the potential members of an early intervention team and what a typical EI visit might look like.
Source:
Early Intervention Training Program
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Six-Month Review: An Important Part of the EI Process

A key part of early intervention is monitoring the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), celebrating the progress, and modifying the

Paying for EI Services

Families with children eligible for the Illinois Early Intervention Program often have questions about paying for services.

Getting Started in Early Intervention

This page includes information on making a referral to a local Child & Family Connections office (CFC) for an evaluation.

Statewide Accreditation Mentoring (SAM) Project

This is an initiative of Illinois AEYC and provides support and assistance to child care/early education programs in centers engaged
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Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children (Illinois AEYC)
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ISBE Division of Early Childhood

Several state initiatives serving young children are supported by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), including Preschool for All,
Source:
Illinois State Board of Education
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Great Start Wage Supplement Program

Great START (Strategy to Attract and Retain Teachers) can provide you with extra money on top of what you’re already

Scholarship Program

This is an individual-based scholarship opportunity for eligible practitioners working in early care and education (ECE) or school-age care programs.
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Gateways to Opportunity
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Career Lattice

This is a visual representation of six credential levels ranging from noncredit community-based training through completion of a graduate degree.

ExceleRate Illinois

This is a statewide quality rating and improvement system designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early

Early Learning Council

This is a public-private partnership created in 2003 by Public Act 93-380, strengthens, coordinates and expands programs and services for
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Illinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD)
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Early CHOICES

This is a Preschool Least Restrictive Environment initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education. The project promotes increasing high
Source:
Illinois State Board of Education
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Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC)

This is a nationally recognized group that brings together hundreds of organizations and individuals to confront childhood obesity in Chicago.
Source:
Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC)
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Partner Plan Act

This website provides a central place for Illinois early childhood care and education professionals to learn more about how to
Source:
Partner Plan Act
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Caregiver Connections

In 2004, the Illinois Department of Human Services established Caregiver Connections to bring mental health services to Illinois child care
Source:
Illinois Department of Human Services
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Boosting Attendance In Preschool Can Start With A Knock On The Door

Home visits at the beginning of the school year help create a relationship and open lines of communication between the

Family Handouts

Available in a variety of languages, these handouts put together by Attendance Works help inform families about the importance of

Attendance Works Videos

This resource provides several videos about absenteeism and improving attendance.
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Attendance Works
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One Way to Improve Kindergarten Attendance: Take the School Bus

This article discusses why kindergarten attendance is crucial to later success in school. While many factors contribute to absenteeism, the

Pre-K Attendance Is a Strong Indicator of Future Success

This article discusses an Urban Institute research report to highlight what schools can do to decrease absenteeism.

Pre-K Attendance – Why It’s Important and How to Support It

Greater attendance in early childhood programs leads to better outcomes for children. The center discusses the roots of absenteeism and

Attendance in the Early Grades: Why It Matters for Reading

Absences lead to children missing crucial instructional and educational experiences. This Attendance Works research brief discusses how attendance in the

What Makes and Attendance Incentive Program Successful?

This blog explains how the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is encouraging schools to address chronic absence. The blog article

Health Services to Promote Attendance

This tip sheet developed by the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness provides information about how programs can

Keep them coming: The road from enrollment to attendance

During this archived webinar, presented by the Early Childhood Professional Learning at The Center, participants will learn more about the
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Early Childhood Professional Learning
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ERSEA: Encouraging and Supporting Regular Attendance

This initiative explains the importance of regular attendance for 4-year-old children. It also provides questions for programs and teachers to

How to Play in Nature

These five-minute videos explain how educators can teach concepts  (Science, Language and Literacy, and Math) using nature. The videos explore using nature indoors

Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature

Many children spend the majority of their day in childcare. This infosheet discusses the advantages and tips to connect children
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Natural Learning Initiative
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A Parent’s Guide to Nature Play

This article addresses why outdoor play is important and ideas for how parents can encourage outdoor play among their children.

25 Nature Play Ideas for Early Childhood Centers

This brochure provides a rationale for why children should spend more time outdoors and why nature play is the best

Articles for Families on Nature and the Outdoors

Find articles for families about how to engage in nature activities with children. More articles include Play in a Puddle
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Nature Explore

This website provides classroom design services, workshops and conferences, natural products for classrooms, and family resources. This site is also
Source:
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Have You Ever Met a Tree?

This resource includes suggestions related to observing and documenting observations of a tree. This article on Family TLC suggests ways

Meet a Tree

This article suggests ways to help children explore trees. Make Your Own Leaf Book is another activity guide that discusses how

My First Garden

This site is designed for use with older children but may be adapted for use in preschool.

Let’s Talk about Insects

This site includes a guide to activities such as making models, charting insects, and more.
Source:
University of Illinois Extention
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Welcome to Kids and Education!

Find information about educational materials for use in the classroom, teacher workshops, and more. SMARTBoards™ Lessons  includes lessons linked to
Source:
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
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The Illinois Early Intervention Program: A Guide for Families

This resource includes information on the Illinois early intervention program, why EI services are important, how to find out whether

Stress and Trauma in Young Children Resource Guide

This topical guide on stress and trauma in young children will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources

Indoor Play Resource Guide

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Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
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Everyday Fun Outdoors Resource Guide

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Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
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Everyday Routines Resource Guide

Source:
Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
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Calming a Fussy Baby Resource Guide

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Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
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Who Is on Your Early Intervention Team?

In early intervention (EI), we work as a team to help your child learn and overcome challenges. The most important

What Happens During a Typical EI Visit?

Visits by providers of early intervention (EI) services are as individual as your child, but most follow a similar pattern

Talking with Your EI Service Providers

Parents and service providers want what’s best for children in the Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Program. Talking to each other

Natural Environments: Where All Children Belong

Children learn best in familiar environments and during daily routines. Your EI provider can help you use daily routines to

Moments That Matter: Talking with Your Baby

This tip sheet offers fun and easy ways to keep young children talking.
Source:
Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse

What’s in Your IFSP?

An Individualized Family Service Plan is developed for every child receiving services through the Illinois early intervention system. Once eligibility
Source:
Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse

How I Communicate

This tip sheet describes, from a child’s perspective, the development of communication skills from birth to 36 months.

The Family’s Role in Early Intervention: How You Can Help Your Child

No one knows your child better than you do. As a parent, you know their cries, their giggles, and their

Facing Food Challenges One Plate at a Time

This parent tip provides easy ways to add variety and more substance to family meals.