WIDA Early Years
WIDA Early Years and ECPL are providing FREE access to 5 online professional learning modules for EC educators in Illinois. Each module is self paced and takes about one hour to complete.
ISBE and Gateways credit are available for each completed module.
Information from ISBE on COVID-19
Information from Illinois State Board of Education on COVID-19
Questions on COVID-19 can be sent to COVID19@isbe.net
Early Childhood Professional Learning and Illinois STAR NET Statewide Calendar
January through June 2020
Any "workshops" listed in this calendar for the month of May and June have been canceled.
Please check the appropriate agency's website for further information.
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.
Online ePyramid Modules and Implicit Bias eModules
Eager to learn how to support our children's social emotional growth?
Do you work in a state funded preschool program in Illinois?
Check out our FAQ document and see if these online eModules are for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Information and Resources for state funded Early Childhood programs
Birth through Third Grade (B-3)
Prevention Initiative (PI)
Preschool for All (PFA)
Preschool for All Expansion (PFA/E)
Become a Gateways Registry Member
A Gateways Registry Membership offers a quick and easy way to track your training and education online, and meets Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) licensing requirements.
Need help paying for college coursework?
The Gateways Scholarship Program can help!
Scholarship funds are available for Preschool for All funded programs!
Learn more about the Gateways Scholarship Program and how it can pay up to 100% of your tuition.
Review the Gateways Scholarship requirements.
Apply online, or by submitting your application via mail.
To speak with a Gateways Scholarship Counselor, call 866.697.8278, or email email@example.com.
Resources for Early Childhood PFA Expansion and Prevention Initiative planning
Users will be able to find much of the data needed to complete the Statement of Need for the PFA Expansion and PI grant competitions in these various types of reports and resources.