Registration Policy & Procedures
Workshop/Webinar Starting Times
Webinars (Web-Based Workshops)
Training Stage of Workshops/Webinars
Workshops/Webinars Provider Cancellations
Evidence of Completion
Early Intervention Credentialing
Community/Program Service Requests
Early Childhood Resource Library
Professional Development Conferences/Institutes
Resource and Referral
All workshops/web-based workshops (webinars) offered through the Illinois State Board of Education, Division of Early Childhood in partnership with the Early Childhood Center of Professional Development (ECC), are free of charge.
REGISTRATION POLICY & PROCEDURES
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. It is imperative that credit is issued to the appropriate individual. Therefore, The Center requires the online registration sign up request to be filled out, in its entirety by the attendee, including home address. The home address is used strictly as an identifier that assists The Center staff in identifying participants and maintaining accurate records. All information collected is kept confidential and is never shared.
All are welcome to register, however, priority is given to individuals working for state funded Preschool for All/Block Grant, and Even Start programs. Registration is limited for each workshop/webinar. Participants may register online at ec.thecenterweb.org. It is imperative that you provide us with all the required information. Please include an email address that you most commonly check throughout the entire year so that we may contact you in case of an emergency or a last minute change. Walk-in and telephone registrations are not accepted. Do not assume automatic acceptance into the workshop/webinar. In order to ensure that we have enough materials for all participants, registrations must be received at least three weeks prior to the workshop/webinar you wish to attend. An email confirmation must be received in order to attend the workshop/webinar. Email confirmations will be sent approximately two weeks prior to the workshop/webinar. Please call our office if you do not receive an email confirmation within two weeks of the workshop/webinar.
WORKSHOP/WEBINAR STARTING TIMES
Registration begins thirty minutes prior to the workshop/webinar start time. Weather, traffic, Internet connection, and other daily challenges are inevitable. Please make appropriate accommodations to enable you to adhere to the times listed for each workshop/webinar. For workshops, please be sure you sign-in with the facilitator at the registration table prior to the start of the workshop.
Workshops/webinars will begin promptly. A one-hour break for lunch will be provided for workshops scheduled during the day. Lunch is not provided for workshops unless otherwise noted in your email confirmation.
WEBINARS (WEB-BASED WORKSHOPS)
We continue to offered more webinars in an effort to serve a larger number of early childhood professionals across the state. Nothing can replace the experience of completing a classroom workshop, but sometimes, because of distance, funding, program, community or family responsibilities, or other factors, being able to leave your program and travel is not possible. The Early Childhood Center of Professional Development offers a number of webinars to meet the needs of all individuals and bring professionals together in an innovative learning environment.
The quality of teaching and learning in our webinars match our traditional classroom workshops. Webinars have a discussion/chat format in addition to activities that involve interaction with each other, as well as the instructor. The expectations for webinars are the same as with classroom workshops. Attendance for the entire session is required and late arrivals to the virtual classroom will not be accepted after 15 minutes from the start of the webinar. An Evaluation and Evidence of Completion form are offered as with the traditional classroom workshops. The cancellation policy for webinars is the same as a classroom workshop. Registrants who neglect to cancel will be given a lower priority for registration at future professional development workshops/webinars.
For webinars, please check your email for any handouts and final directions. Please sign in with your first and last name as this is your signature and electronic name tag for the webinar. Late arrivals and early departure from the webinar will forfeit receiving the Evidence of Completion form.
TRAINING STAGE OF WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS
We are a Gateways to Opportunity Authorized Entity for workshops/webinars. Trainings are targeted toward specific stages. Please note that some workshops or webinars have a prerequisite that must be completed before registering for the workshop. Prerequisites can be found in the workshop descriptions on our website. A Gateways Registry Membership offers a quick and easy way to track your training and education online, and meets Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) licensing requirements. The following stages are based on the Gateways to Opportunity Registry System. To become a registry member visit http://registry.ilgateways.com/
Note: Beginning July 1, 2015 the current five (5) Stages of Training will be changed to three (3) Levels of Learning. These levels are Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Stage 1 and Stage 2: Introductory
Stage 3 and Stage 4: Intermediate
Stage 5: Advanced
Workshops will be conducted at locations in each of the five regions statewide. Participants may register for workshops in any region. Please do not call workshop sites to register, cancel, or to ask questions about the workshop. Site phone numbers are provided to assist you with directions only. Call our office at (224) 366-8525 for specific workshop information. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS PROVIDER CANCELLATIONS
Workshops/webinars may be cancelled by the Early Childhood Center of Professional Development due to low enrollment. A minimum of 15 participants is required. We will notify you immediately by email and/or telephone should a workshop or webinar by cancelled due to low enrollment or an instructor emergency. You can also visit our website for last minute updates. We will attempt to reschedule the workshop/webinar pending the instructor's availability.
You may cancel your participation at any time, but please provide at least a 24-hour notice so that we may notify those on the waiting list of the opportunity to attend. Because of the popularity of these workshops/webinars, registrants who neglect to cancel will be given a lower priority for registration at future professional development workshops/webinars.
EVIDENCE OF COMPLETION
As of July 1, 2014, the Illinois State Board of Education revised the forms to be in compliance with the latest legislation for receiving CPDU credit. The Early Childhood Center of Professional Development is a Professional Development Provider of the now called, Evidence of Completion form. The Evidence of Completion form will be provided in place of the Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs). Workshop/webinar participants will be given an Evidence of Completion form upon completion of the workshop/webinar evaluation. Full and active participation for the entire session is necessary in order to receive the Evidence of Completion form. This form serves as evidence to verify participation in the professional development activity and must be maintained for a period of six (6) years by the licensee and produced if requested as part of an audit.
EARLY INTERVENTION CREDENTIALING
Illinois' Early Intervention Credentialing system is built upon the need to ensure that early intervention personnel have the unique knowledge and skills necessary to work with infants and toddlers and their families. Persons attending selected workshops/webinars are eligible for credentialing hours. Please refer to the Illinois Early Intervention website, http://www.illinoiseitraining.org for a listing of qualified workshops/webinars, or call for further information.
COMMUNITY/PROGRAM SERVICE REQUESTS
Professional Development activities, such as workshops and/or webinars, that promote best practices in early childhood and are aligned with the Illinois State Board of Education's Division of Early Childhood goals and objectives, can be scheduled in partnership with the Early Childhood Center of Professional Development.
Programs are asked to follow the registration procedures and will host the workshop. Registration will be available for others in the local area to participate. Community/Program Service Requests are accepted twice a year. Please select the "Services We Provide" on our webpage to complete a service request, including the preferred dates, workshop topics, and all program information. Upon receiving the request, you will be contacted within two weeks for follow-up. Please note that all requests may not be honored due to scheduling and/or instructor availability.
- Summer - For workshops to be scheduled in July-October, service requests must be submitted by April 30th.
- Fall/Winter/Spring - For workshops to be scheduled November-April, service requests must be submitted by August 31st.
EARLY CHILDHOOD RESOURCE LIBRARY
Early Childhood Center of Professional Development (ECC), in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education, has compiled a collection of quality materials and resources related to early childhood education and highlighting topics such as developmentally appropriate practices, family involvement, observation and assessment, language, literacy, dual language learners, culture, health, special education, and community collaboration. The new Center Library website now offers remote access to journal article databases on topics in early childhood education. The site also contains new lists of materials in the library, and publisher information of interest to early childhood educators. Visit us at library.thecenterweb.org, or call (224) 366-8500 and ask for the librarian. Our collection includes:
- Classroom materials
- Professional journals
The Center Library participates in statewide interlibrary loan. Ask your public library about how to receive library materials via interlibrary loan system.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCES/INSTITUTES
Conferences are scheduled periodically to provide opportunities for educators and administrators to keep current with early childhood theory and research and to provide networking forums.
RESOURCE AND REFERRAL
Resource and referral information is just a phone call or click away. Educators can always contact the Early Childhood Center of Professional Development office with questions, concerns, comments or to help find a consultant to address a specific topic. For additional information, or to receive a copy of any of our resource materials, you can contact us at (224) 366-8525, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.