• 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.

  • Building Relationships with Children- FREE Training- CANCELLED due to COVID 19

    Illinois AEYC, the SAM Project and Joliet Junior College Early Learning are partnering to offer you a FREE training.  Building Relationships with Children is an intermediate training intended to support program staff in "NAEYC: Building Positive Relationships Between Teachers and Children." This class will address positive child development and social interactions between and children using the NAEYC Classroom Observation tool.  

    When: May 2nd 9am-12pm

    Where: Joliet Junior College, Building "U" Auditorium, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431

    Cost: FREE

    RSVP: By April 20th to Tracy McCowan at tracymichelle9396@yahoo.com

    Gateways credit will be given to those that complete the workshop.

  • Illinois AEYC Spring Into Action Scholars 2020

    Illinois AEYC would like to congratulate our 2020 Spring Into Action Scholars! The following Illinois AEYC Members will be attending Illinois Action for Children's Spring Into Action Annual Public Policy and Advocacy Conference as recipients of this registration paid scholarship.

     Michelle Dockery (Joliet)
     Jessie Valleroy (Belleville)
     Mary Tillery (Kankakee)
     Lindsay Bohm (Springfield)
     Samantha McDavid (DeKalb)
     Mary Grace Stieber (Homer Glenn)
     Lisa White (Springfield)
     Cindy Rice (Mounds)

    This conference will be held in Springfield on April 28-29, 2020.  For  more information, follow this link: https://www.actforchildren.org/event/spring-action-2020/

  • Join us for a book club and learn to build competence, commitment, and collaboration among staff!

    The Illinois AEYC Statewide Accreditation Mentoring Project is partnering with the Child Care Resource and Referral at John A Logan College to bring you an Inspiring Book Study.

    Imagine what your early childhood program would look like if it were a true professional learning community-- a place where teachers saw each new day as an opportunity to expand their competence and confidence and support one another toward a shared vision of program excellence.

    Written in an engaging and lively style, Inspiring Peak Performance presents five strategies- 

    • developmental supervision
    • teacher induction
    • individual lesson plans
    • peer learning teams
    • 360 degree feedback... that together will help make your vision of program excellence come alive.

    Each participant will be given a book!  You can attend in person or join via Zoom from the comfort of your own home, office or setting of your choice.  The first meeting will be April 20, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm (at the CCRR @ John a Logan College or via Zoom if you are not local).  There will be a total of 5 meetings from April to July.  The group will select the remaining meeting dates together.

    To register, email Missy Brown @ 

  • NAEYC Accreditation Training with Kindercare Programs- SAM Project

    Illinois AEYC and the Statewide Accreditation Mentoring Project (SAM Project) recently partnered with the KinderCare schools in the Schaumburg area during their Professional Development Day on February 17th. Teachers were trained on ways to effectively prepare their classrooms in pursuit of NAEYC Accreditation. Teachers participated in small group discussions, focusing on the NAEYC “Relationship” Standard. The topic areas covered were: “Building Positive Relationships Between Teachers & Children” and “Helping Children Make Friends”. The class also covered the NAEYC Classroom Observation tool, giving teachers a better understanding of the NAEYC Accreditation visit. There were a total of 68 teachers and managers in attendance that walked away with resources to further support accreditation and the important work they do, each day for children.

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