Illinois Action for Children
Illinois Action for Children is a catalyst for organizing, developing, and supporting strong families and powerful communities where children matter most.
Baby TALK provides a universal approach to families with children prenatally through age 6 with an emphasis on identifying and serving those families most at-risk. Funding sources may dictate a target population and the Baby TALK model can be used for this particular focus.
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
CWLA is an association of nearly 800 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year. CWLA works through its member agencies to provide training, consultation, conferences, and publications that support children, youth, and families.
Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting
CEEP, located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, maintains an archive of ERIC/EECE Digests and publications and produces a bilingual (Spanish and English), peer-reviewed, Internet-only journal titled Early Childhood Research & Practice . CEEP also produces publications and videos on early education and parenting (often in both English and Spanish).
Early CHOICES is a Preschool LRE Initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education. We promote increasing high quality inclusive education for each and every preschool aged child by providing technical assistance and professional development to early childhood professionals and families in Illinois.
Family Enrichment Program (FEP)
FEP is an Illinois State Board of Education Birth to Three Prevention Initiative Program. FEP seeks to prevent school failure by working with at-risk infants and toddlers and their parents. Services include playgroups for infants and toddlers, parent support groups, wellness groups, dads' groups, home visits, and family field trips. Developmental screenings are provided to all children, and referrals to the early intervention system are made as needed.
Gateways to Opportunity (Gateways)
Gateways is the Illinois early care and education professional development network. The Gateways Web site includes information on careers in early care and education, a higher education directory, a job board, financial information for individuals and programs, a description of credentials available in early care and education in Illinois , and information on finding a Professional Development Advisor (PDA) who offers free assistance to help individuals achieve their professional development goals.
Illinois Board of Higher Education
The General Assembly and Governor Otto Kerner created the Board of Higher Education in 1961 to plan and coordinate Illinois' system of colleges and universities at a time when enrollments in post-secondary education were taking flight. The goal was to create an agency with the expertise, credibility, and statewide perspective to map an efficient and orderly course for the dramatic growth of higher education then underway.
Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership
The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) is the only statewide, public/private partnership of policymakers and advocates in Illinois committed to improving the scope, quality, and access of mental health programs, services, and supports for children.
Illinois Early Learning Project (IEL)
IEL provides evidence-based information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois . The Web site offers tip sheets for caregivers and parents, resources for implementing the Illinois Early Learning and Developmental Standards.
Illinois Principals Association
IPA works to provide Members high quality professional development, networking opportunities, and advocates on the behalf of school leaders with state and federal ledgislators and the Illinois State Board of Education.
Illinois Resource Center
Since 1972, the Illinois Resource Center (IRC) has provided assistance to teachers and administrators serving linguistically and culturally diverse students. With support from the Illinois State Board of Education, the IRC has emerged as a major statewide intermediate service agency, and its educational and professional development programs have helped thousands of educators throughout Illinois and the nation to develop effective learning environments for English language learners.
Illinois STAR NET
The Illinois State Board of Education funds the STAR NET Project in six regions of the state. STAR NET provides professional development resources for parents and professionals who work with young children from birth through age 8, with an emphasis on children with special needs.
Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children (ILAEYC)
The Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children was initiated in 1969 by the Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children for the purpose of increasing the impact of professionals in the field of early childhood. The organization has grown from a loose network of highly motivated individuals gathering from all over the state to discuss issues effecting children to a professional organization with bylaws, a constitution and a strategic plan. When the history of the organization is reviewed, a vision of an organization steadily pushing towards greater professionalism, increased networking and collaboration, and a strengthened voice for children in the state of Illinois is revealed.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC is a membership organization dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC offers a range of professional development resources for its nearly 100,000 members, who span a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
Voices for Illinois Children (VIC)
VIC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, statewide group of child advocates with a broad agenda focused on child and family well-being. Current VIC policy projects include promoting the availability of preschool for all children to those parents who want it, providing crucial services for young children with special needs, expanding home-visiting programs for at-risk families, promoting after-school programs for at-risk youth, and reforming school funding in Illinois .
ZERO TO THREE
ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization that supports the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families. Publications and reference guides to programs, projects and professional developmental services are available for parents and for professionals working in child care, child welfare, early intervention, and mental health program settings.
- Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Early Childhood Division
The Early Childhood Education Division of ISBE develops and provides materials and support for implementation of the Illinois Early Learning Standards and their use in early childhood programs. The Early Childhood Division also supports programs that focus on children from birth to age 8, early intervention for at-risk students, pre-kindergarten programs, early literacy, and partnerships among schools, communities, and service providers.
- Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA)
OELA helps ensure that children who are limited English proficient, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic achievement in English, and meet the same student academic achievement standards as all other children. OELA administers Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) and provides national leadership in promoting high-quality education for English language learners (ELLs).
- United States Department of Education (ED)
ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. Its mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. ED oversees many projects and initiatives that support parents and programs that work with young children.
- Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM)
IECAM provides up-to-date demographic information and early childhood program inf or mation from state agencies, Head Start, and private sector child care. IECAM allows users to see-in maps generated by its Geographic Information System (GIS)-the location of all site-based early childhood services at the state level and in counties, townships, and legislative districts. Statistical information is also provided in data tables that can be printed or downloaded for use in proposals, reports, and planning documents. IECAM was developed in response to a request from the Illinois Early Learning Council. The University of Illinois' Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative and Chicago Metropolis 2020 work together on the IECAM project, with financial support from several foundations and state agencies.
The Early Childhood Center of Professional Development provides teachers with information from - and access to - organizations, councils, clearinghouse, associations and programs of every imaginable nature.