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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WELL Women in Education Leading and Learning Summit

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

March 11, (5pm - 7pm) & March 12, 2020 (8am - 4pm)
Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Normal, IL  (Cost: $199)

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This event will begin with an evening reception on March 13, allowing registrants a chance to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake during a fun event that will guide participants to discover their inspirational WORDs.



2019-2020 Online Early Childhood Administrator Academies

Online Early Childhood Administrator Academies

Coming up - Early Childhood Inclusion: Supporting Children's Special Needs in High Quality Early Learning Environments
(PreK-3rd Grade) - 12/5/19

Register online at https://ilprincipals.org/events/ for these FREE Administrator Academies. 

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ECPL Workbench|Forums

What is the Early Childhood Professional Learning Workbench?

Join us at the Workbench to:

  • Describe your role in early childhood education
  • Use the Forums to ask questions, share ideas, or network with other early childhood educators
  • Check out resources to support your work
  • View upcoming professional learning opportunities


PFA and Expansion Program Administrators, Instructional Leaders, Parent Educators, Program Support Specialist, and Teachers are all welcome to join in our Forums.


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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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