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ESSA 2020

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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Opening Minds

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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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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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.


Pyramid Model

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


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 scholarship@ilgateways.com.