Welcome to Early Childhood Professional Learning

Early Childhood Professional Learning (ECPL) invites you to explore professional learning opportunities and resources for the Illinois Early Childhood workforce, especially those working in state funded programs. These offerings reflect the latest evidence based practices in Early Childhood education and the latest adult learning theories.

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Annual Statewide ESSA Conference

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference
February 11-13, 2019
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Chicago, IL

Deadline is this Friday.

The conference theme is “Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community.”  This reflects ESSA’s commitment to “leverage funding to ensure a focus on equity and excellence for all students.” Some sessions at the conference will be presented by ISBE professionals on the details of the ESSA State Plan.

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ESSA Brochure/Registration Form


Opening Minds 2019 Conference

A Gathering of Top Educators in Early Education
February 6-9, 2019
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

Meet the top people in the field of early education from all professions: education, administration, health & wellness, medicine, nursing, justice, social service, policy, government, parks & recreation, technology, business, library science, and more. Hear the latest developments in research.



Opening Minds

2018-2019 Online Early Childhood Administrator Academies

Online Early Childhood Administrator Academies

Coming up Administering High Quality ISBE Preschool for All Block Grant Programs on 1/23/19.

Register online at https://ilprincipals.org/events/ for these FREE Administrator Academies. 

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Early Childhood Professional Learning (ECPL)

Early Childhood Professional Learning (ECPL) provides free professional development and resources to support the Illinois State Board of Education funded preschool programs in implementing evidence-based practices that improve outcomes for young children and their families.

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Professional Learning

Free workshops, webinars, and resources

In order to provide high quality learning experiences for young children, the Early Childhood workforce needs to be engaged in ongoing professional learning.

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Organizations Supporting Evidence Based Practices in Early Childhood

The websites of these organizations contain information about professional learning or resources that support the Early Childhood Workforce. Featured news from these organizations is highlighted.

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