• 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.

  • The Language of Implicit Bias: Microagressions Webinar- REGISTER TODAY!

    You are Invited to Join us!

     What: The Language of Implicit Bias: Microaggressions Webinar

     When: Wednesday, January 8th, 6:00-7:30pm

     Webinar Description: Implicit biases are our unconscious attitudes or stereotypes that impact our understanding, actions, and decisions.  The language or verbal statements of internal implicit biases are known as microaggressions. Microaggressions are embedded in our communication and in our lesson plans in early childhood classrooms.  In this session, participants will learn about microaggressions and how to create an environment without microaggressions impacting child, teacher, and family interactions.

     Presented by: Anni Reinking, Ed. D., SIUE Asst. Professor ECE 

     Register: https://www.eventbee.com/v/the-language-of-implicit-…/event…

     Cost: Illinois AEYC Members $10/Non-members $15

     Gateways and ISBE Credit is available to those who complete the webinar.

     Not a member and would like more info?

  • Sparking Family Engagement in Early Learning Programs Webinar- REGISTER TODAY!

    What: Sparking Family Engagement in Early Learning Programs Webinar

    When: February 4, 2020 from 6:30-8:00pm

    Webinar Description: Families are key partners in early learning programs. Join the staff of the Early Childhood Collective, which includes the Illinois Early Learning Project, Early Intervention Clearinghouse, Early Intervention Training Program, Military Families Learning Network, and Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map to take a closer look at family engagement in early learning programs. Discover resources in Illinois that can support your work as you connect with families and help them support their children's early learning.

    Register: https://www.eventbee.com/v/sparking-family-engagement-in-early-learning-programs/event?eid=126087526

    Cost: Illinois AEYC Members $10/Non-members $15

    Gateways and ISBE Credit is available to those who complete the webinar.

    Not a member and would like more info?  http://illinoisaeyc.org/membership-categories-benefits

    Questions?  Contact Tonya Frehner, Illinois AEYC Executive Director @ tonya@illinoiseayc.org or 217-529-7732.

  • Fall Into Action Workshop- December 10- Register Here

    Illinois AEYC is proud to partner with Illinois Action for Children to sponsor a Fall Into Action Early Childhood Policy Workshop in Springfield on December 10th.

    As Illinois Action for Children’s Public Policy and Advocacy team prepares for the upcoming legislative session that will begin in January, we have important information to share and would like your opinions on a number of topics.

    When you and your colleagues attend a Fall Into Action workshop, you will: Learn about state and federal policies, Census 2020, Fair Tax Act and EC Cost Reform and how it will affect Early Child Care in each community; Weigh in as a group and brainstorm policy issues to prioritize next year; and Share the policy issues that matter to you to help shape Illinois Action for Children’s policy agenda for FY2020. 

    To register for this session, please visit: https://www.actforchildren.org/events/ (you will select the December 10th event).

    Cost: $15
    Tuesday, December 10 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation 228 W Miller St Springfield, IL 62702 (Room 2B)

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