Professional Development

  • Gateways to Opportunity Illinois Professional Development System

    The Gateways Registry provides a vehicle for childcare and early education professionals to keep track of credentials and training online in a personal and secure Professional Development Record. Gateways lists online training for IDCFS Licensing and ExceleRate Illinois, as well as other professional development courses and events around the state.

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  • Early Childhood Professional Learning

    ECPL supports best practice in Early Childhood education with free professional development workshops and webinars, resources, and information that promotes high quality outcomes for young children and their families.

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  • Illinois STAR NET

    Provides a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young children, ages birth through eight, with an emphasis on children with special needs. STAR NET supports family-centered, researched and effective practices in early childhood education and care through technical assistance, consultation, workshops webinars and resources. Statewide listing of STAR NET offices.
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  • The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning

    The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning, is a nationally recognized professional development and educational services organization dedicated to better teaching and learning in early childhood, elementary, secondary and adult education. Education professionals who serve distressed and at-risk populations- children at risk of academic failure, young children with special needs, students from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds, refugees and immigrants, is a focus.

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  • Early Choices

    A preschool Least Restrictive Environment initiative by the Illinois State Board of Education, Early Choices provides information and planning tools for schools and families alike, around early childhood inclusion. Under the section Good to Know, a video for parents, titled: Understanding Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for Young Children explains and defines LRE and inclusion.

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