Early Childhood Professional Learning and Illinois STAR NET Statewide Calendar
January through June 2021
Administrators' Forum 2020
The Illinois State Board of Education sponsored an Administrators' Forum for Preschool for All (PFA) and Preschool for All Expansion (PFAE) Administrators, a virtual conference that was coordinated by The Center: Early Childhood Professional Learning. The Forum consisted of six sessions.
Links to the recording of each session, handouts, and resources can be found here.
Learning at Home
Our latest resource for Illinois preschool teachers and families Learning at Home.
These At Home and On the Go activities were created by The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning in collaboration with a group of teachers, family specialists, and parents. They support the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.
2020-21 School Year
These documents have been developed in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
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.
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.
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
The NAESP 2021 Pre-K-8 Principals Conference
Pre-Conference sessions begin July 7, 2021
July 8 - 10, 2021
Keynote Speakers including; Ruby K. Payne, author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty
Hyatt Regency Chicago
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)
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.