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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Addison and Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaboratives present

Early Childhood Symposium
Stressed Brains Don't Work: Strategies for Building Resilience for Children, Families and Educators
Friday, April 27, 2018
(7:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Registration and breakfast: 7:30am
Event program begins: 8:00am

Wheaton Park District
1777 S. Blanchard Rd
Wheaton, IL 60189
Registration fee: $25
(CEU and EI credits available)

Join in a morning of learning and discussion as we build our knowledge about the important role that early childhood professionals, community service providers, and parents play in preparing children for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

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Excited to Announce 4-Day Passes for 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. Get proven ideas to return to your job with renewed enthusiasm and the practical edge you need to create results.


Located in the heart of downtown Chicago; walking distance to Navy Pier, Chicago Children's Museum, Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park and the Bean, the Art Institute, Chicago Symphony, and lots of fantastic restaurants.

Get your ticket at the lowest rate available.



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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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