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 Professional Learning and Illinois STAR NET Statewide Calendar

Statewide Calendar of Professional Learning
January through June 2020


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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference

2020 ESSA Conference
February 10 - 12, 2020
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Chicago, IL

February 11 - Early Childhood Focus Day!

Registration Deadline - January 24

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ESSA 2020

Opening Minds 2020 Conference

The Opening Minds Early Education Conference

January 29, 2020 to February 1, 2020
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

Late Registration Rate ends Fri., Jan 17.

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Opening Minds

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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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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