Early Childhood Professional Learning (ECPL) invites you to explore professional learning opportunities and resources for the Illinois Early Childhood workforce, especially those working in state funded programs. These offerings reflect the latest evidence based practices in Early Childhood education and the latest adult learning theories.
The Center: Early Childhood Professional Learning offers free access to the WIDA Early Years online learning modules that support Preschool English Learners.
ECPL staff are continuing to work virtually. Please feel free to contact us by email. COVID-19 Resources
ESSA & Multilingual Illinois Combined Virtual Conferences
February 22 - February 25, 2022
The Multilingual Illinois conference and the annual statewide Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) conference will combine once again this school year. The combined Multilingual & ESSA Conference will take place virtually from February 22nd through 25th, 2022.
Please mark your calendars now! We look forward to your participation.
Illinois State Board of Education: Early Childhood Department
Statewide Preschool for All and Preschool for All Expansion
Administrators Virtual Forum Sessions
Administrator Session III
Seizing the Moment: Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation to Recharge Your Early Childhood Staff
Presented by Christine Brambila
Professional Learning for ECERS-3 is Now Available!
Equity Symposium - Online Learning Series
An online learning series that will explore priorities to dismantle systemic racism in our early care and education systems and will deepen understanding of our role in effecting change that moves us forward in realizing equity in access, experiences, and outcomes for all children and families. Series is free and open to all birth-8 early intervention, early childhood personnel and families!
Upcoming Session - 1/11/2022
Reaching Families Considered "Hard to Reach"
Rosemarie Allen, PhD
2021-2022 School Year
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
Back to School 2021-2022
Letter to Superintendents: Enforcement of Universal Indoor Masking Requirements
Our recorded webinars cover the following topics in early childhood education.
Administration & Leadership
Family & Community Engagement
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)
Early Childhood educators have an opportunity to acquire foundational knowledge, apply what they have learned, and advance their practice by viewing our videos.