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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Week of the Young Child!

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. This year's event is April 8-12, 2019!

What are you planning for the week? Art activities, song and dance, and family fun-time together. What ever it may be...make it a great week!

Visit NAEYC  to get some great ideas.

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Leadership Connections™ National Conference 2019

A Framework for Success
May 9-11, 2019
Westin Chicago North Shore
Wheeling, IL

Conference Registration

$175 | Pre-conference | Full day session or two half day sessions
$575 | Full-conference
$275 | Thursday or Friday only
$200 | Saturday only

McCormick Center

Save The Date! Sharing A Vision 2019

October 2 - 4, 2019
Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
East Peoria, IL

Registration information will be available online Spring 2019.

For registration questions, contact ISU Conference Services at (800) 877-1478 or conferences@ilstu.edu.

View conference details and registration information at: www.sharingavision.org

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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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