Our mission is to provide high quality professional development using different training models in order to meet the training needs of Preschool for All staff and other early childhood professionals throughout the state.

Knowing that the experience and professional development of the early childhood professional is critical to successful child outcomes, we provide an extensive and varied program for all Illinois professionals working with infants, preschool children and their families. Our programs and resources are available to Illinois providers and administrators within the following Illinois State Board of Education supported programs:

  • Block Grant/Preschool for All programs
  • Prevention Initiative Programs for at-risk infants and toddlers and their families

Here at our website you will find our professional development calendar of trainings and workshops/webinars, registration FAQ’s, our newsletter and an extensive list of professional organizations and resources.

Do you need to review an assessment system before purchasing? Or what about a DVD that is not within the budget to purchase? In addition to providing workshops and webinars,  we have available a large collection of children’s literature, classroom materials, and professional resources through The Center Library.

If you are new to our site, we encourage you to sign-up to receive our bimonthly e-news and enter your email address at the bottom of this page.

Professional development is an ongoing process. All early childhood professionals—no matter how qualified— need to continue to incorporate into their professional repertoire new knowledge and skills related to working with young children and their families. -National Association for the Education of Young Children

As part of our mission to provide professional development, we need to keep current with you and your staff, especially new staff. Follow this link to provide current information.

As of July 1, 2014, all of our Professional Development workshops and webinars qualify for an Evidence of Completion for Professional Development Certificate.  On-site or on-line, attendance for the entire session is required to receive credit. Some workshops may also carry educational or credentialing credit.

EC staff members observe and evaluate the overall quality of a training session in order to determine the trainer’s knowledge of the topic, performance style, and his or her interaction with the audience.

The Coaching Project trains classroom teachers and provides programs to attain the highest level of quality education to children and service for their family members.  And, the Illinois State Board Of Education recommends and assigns Coaches to regional teaching programs

Our instructors are not only very able and willing to teach, they are very able and willing to continually learn more skills.  And, in doing so, each remains recent on every new, available and challenging age-appropriate student curriculum.

The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning is a non-profit organization that provides educational resources to participants throughout  the United States. Because many of our events provide professional development credit we require a participant to register herself/himself for each event.