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.
The Center: Early Childhood Professional Learning offers free access to the WIDA Early Years online learning modules that support Preschool English Learners.
ECPL staff are continuing to work virtually. Please feel free to contact us by email. COVID-19 Resources
Frequently Asked Questions about Serving English Learners in Preschool Programs
In April 2022, ISBE released updated guidance for serving English Learners (ELs) in preschool programs in Illinois public school districts.
Illinois AEYC Growing Futures Conference
October 13-15, 2022
Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center
This conference includes over 70 workshop sessions, a keynote session, exhibit hall and networking opportunities. It provides an opportunity for all early childhood professionals in public schools, child care centers, home child care, Head Start, administrators and agency personnel to come together from all regions of the state to share their commitment to high quality learning experiences for young children and to support families of Illinois.
On Demand Professional Learning for ECERS-3
Introduction to the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale®, Third Edition (ECERS-3™)
Illinois State Board of Education Professional Development Calendar
Illinois Principals Association has partnered with ISBE to provide access to Ed Leaders Network (ELN) for all public school educators in the state!
WIDA Early Years
WIDA Early Years eLearning is intended for ECE professionals, including pre-service and in-service teachers, teacher educators, practitioners, coaches, trainers, and leaders/administrators. One hour of ISBE and/or Gateways credit is available upon completion of each course.
Our recorded webinars cover the following topics in early childhood education.
Administration & Leadership
Family & Community Engagement
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)
Early Childhood educators have an opportunity to acquire foundational knowledge, apply what they have learned, and advance their practice by viewing our videos.