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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Early Childhood Today

STAR NET Region VI and the Department of Education will hold the 13th annual Early Childhood Today conference at the Romeoville Campus. This conference is for parents, caregivers and professionals who shape the lives of children ages birth to 5 years old.

March 11, 2020
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Lewis University - Romeoville Campus

Fee: $35

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Early Childhood Professional Learning and Illinois STAR NET Statewide Calendar

Statewide Calendar of Professional Learning
January through June 2020


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WELL Women in Education Leading and Learning Summit

The WELL Summit
An event to empower, connect, inspire, support, celebrate and develop women in educational leadership.

March 11, (5 pm - 7 pm) through
March 12, 2020 (8 am - 4 pm)

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Normal, IL

*Rooms at the event venue are full. There is now a block of rooms available across the street at the Hyatt Place.

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2019-2020 Online Early Childhood Administrator Academies

Online FREE Early Childhood Administrator Academies

Coming up this month
Developing and Using ISBE Compliant Child Portfolios in Preschool Settings - 2/25/20

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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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