• Illinois AEYC Children's Champions 2020

    Illinois AEYC would like to congratulate the 2020 Children's Champions!  

    Carol Weisheit- Illinois AEYC

    Marlena  Constant- Capitol Area Chapter of Illinois AEYC

    Holly Imhoff- Heart of Illinois Chapter of Illinois AEYC

    Connie Graska- Joliet Area Chapter of Illinois AEYC

    Melissa Breeden- McLean County Chapter of Illinois AEYC

    Glenda Hall- Southern Illinois Chapter of Illinois AEYC

    We value the impact they have made as an early childhood professionals.  It stands out in their contribution to the field, their local chapters and to Illinois AEYC. These folks continually go above and beyond what is expected and make a positive difference in the lives of Illinois children and families. Illinois AEYC gratefully acknowledges these efforts.  

    We will honor our 2020 Children's Champions on October 24, 2020 with virtual awards ceremony during the Illinois AEYC Virtual Growing Futures Conference.

  • Apply Today for a Scholarship to Attend the Growing Futures Conference

    Illinois AEYC is thrilled to announce a scholarship opportunity for the Growing Futures Virtual Conference to be held October 22-24, 2020. In these challenging times, we know how important getting high quality professional development is.In an effort to reach individuals who may not get an opportunity to attend the Illinois AEYC conference, we are offering $100 scholarships for 40.5 hours of professional development! That’s $2.50 per hour to hear some amazing speakers and gain important information on a variety of topics including: trauma, social-emotional development, singing, signing ASL, leadership, ethics, home visits, advocacy and MUCH, MUCH MORE! Hurry! Scholarships are limited.  All applicants will be notified by October 1. Fill out the scholarship form here.

  • Illinois AEYC Membership Dues Campaign

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  • Rhonda Costa- One of Our Own

    Illinois AEYC is proud to call Rhonda Costa one of our own.  Rhonda has served as a volunteer on the Illinois AEYC Governing Board in various capacities for many years.  We appreciate her and her dedication to Illinois children and families.  We are proud to share the below article from Secretary Hou at DHS...

    Today, we are able to honor and celebrate them on National Provider Appreciation Day. Celebrated annually, this special day recognizes child care providers, teachers, and other educators of young children everywhere. As many essential employees have continued to work through the pandemic, including employees across our agency, these providers have continued to be trusted and reliable advisors. We are excited to spotlight two of them in today’s Community Bright Spots. 

    Caring Place Child Care Center (Rhonda Costa, Director), Urbana, IL

    Located at the Carle Hospital in Urbana, the Caring Place fosters the development of children in a safe, nurturing, non-pressured atmosphere that provides several types of care: full day care, drop-in care, after school, and school age summer camp. Like many providers, the Caring Place has been impacted in providing these services, but is moving forward fiercely under Director Rhonda Costa’s guidance. Rhonda’s 40 years of experience in the early child care field, including 15 as director of the Caring Place have served the organization well during the pandemic.

    Caring Place is open as an Emergency Child Care Center, providing care for hospital employees, as well as keeping spots available for community members. 

    In addition to being the director, Rhonda is the President of the local Chapter of the Association for Education of Young Children (AEYC) and offers training for other child care providers through the local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency.  

    In honor of today, Rhonda recognized and treated her staff throughout the week. There have been many celebrations, including a parent organized Fiesta Café, which provided a treat for staff and financial support for a local small business. Additionally, Rhonda provided staff with breakfast this morning to kick off Provider Appreciation Day. 

    Thank you, Rhonda for caring for some of Illinois’ young citizens. We are fortunate to have providers like you supporting our residents.


  • Illinois' Early Childhood Expulsion Law: Reflecting on the research to show support compliance WEBINAR- REGISTER TODAY


    WHAT: Illinois' Early Learning Childhood Expulsion Law: Reflecting on the research to support compliance WEBINAR

    WEBINAR DESCRIPTION: In response to high rates of and racial disparities in early childhood expulsion, the state of Illinois passed a law that aims to end the expulsion of children from any publicly funded or DCFS-licensed early childhood care and education (ECCE) program. Although this legislation is one of the most progressive in the nation and is expected to curb rates of expulsion, research has demonstrated that the implementation of this legislation has been a challenge. This presentation will report findings from an ongoing evaluation of the law’s implementation drawing on surveys and interviews collected from over Illinois ECE program administrators. Findings point to systematic variance in programs’ disciplinary practices by location, program type, funding sources, quality rating, and populations served. Results also indicate that programs feel ill-informed and ill-prepared to comply with the law. This presentation will review components of the law, present results from the evaluation study, and engage participants in a solution-focused discussion around retaining and supporting children displaying challenging behaviors. Although this program is primarily geared towards administrators and directors, all members of the ECE community are encouraged to participate.

    WHEN: Sunday, April 19th, 6:00-7:30PM

    WHERE: From the comfort of home.  It's a WEBINAR!

    PRESENTED BY: Callie Silver, Doctoral Candidate, U of I Chicago

    REGISTER @: https://www.eventbee.com/v/illinois-early-childhood-expulsion-law-reflecting-on-the-research-to-support-complaince/event?eid=150690842

    1.5 HOURS of ISBE and Gateways Credit will be given to those who actively complete the session.

    All registrations are non-refundable.








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