IECAM provides up-to-date demographic information and early childhood program inf or mation from state agencies, Head Start, and private sector child care. IECAM allows users to see-in maps generated by its Geographic Information System (GIS)-the location of all site-based early childhood services at the state level and in counties, townships, and legislative districts. Statistical information is also provided in data tables that can be printed or downloaded for use in proposals, reports, and planning documents.
ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. Its mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. ED oversees many projects and initiatives that support parents and programs that work with young children.
Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA)
OELA helps ensure that children who are limited English proficient, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic achievement in English, and meet the same student academic achievement standards as all other children. OELA administers Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) and provides national leadership in promoting high-quality education for English language learners (ELLs).
The Early Childhood Education Division of ISBE develops and provides materials and support for implementation of the Illinois Early Learning Standards and their use in early childhood programs. The Early Childhood Division also supports programs that focus on children from birth to age 8, early intervention for at-risk students, pre-kindergarten programs, early literacy, and partnerships among schools, communities, and service providers.
ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization that supports the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families. Publications and reference guides to programs, projects and professional developmental services are available for parents and for professionals working in child care, child welfare, early intervention, and mental health program settings.
VIC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, statewide group of child advocates with a broad agenda focused on child and family well-being. Current VIC policy projects include promoting the availability of preschool for all children to those parents who want it, providing crucial services for young children with special needs, expanding home-visiting programs for at-risk families, promoting after-school programs for at-risk youth, and reforming school funding in Illinois.
Since 1982, the Ounce of Prevention Fund has persistently pursued a single goal: that all children living in America—particularly those born into poverty—have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life.
NAEYC is a membership organization dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC offers a range of professional development resources for its nearly 100,000 members, who span a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
The Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children was initiated in 1969 by the Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children for the purpose of increasing the impact of professionals in the field of early childhood. The organization has grown from a loose network of highly motivated individuals gathering from all over the state to discuss issues effecting children to a professional organization with bylaws, a constitution and a strategic plan.
The Illinois State Board of Education funds the STAR NET Project in six regions of the state. STAR NET provides professional development resources for parents and professionals who work with young children from birth through age 8, with an emphasis on children with special needs.
The Early Childhood Center of Professional Learning collaborates with STAR NET to provide workshops and webinars that cover core foundational knowledge on curriculum, assessment and social emotional development.