Preschool English Learners


The Center: Early Childhood Professional Learning (ECPL) leverages its partnerships with local and national providers to bring you FREE high quality, relevant professional learning focused on preschool English learners (ELs). As part of ECPL's and ISBE's partnership with WIDA Early Years, you have free access to WIDA Early Years eLearning resources which include self-paced, on demand courses and downloadable resources. That's right - free online professional learning resources at your fingertips! ISBE and/or Gateways credit is available.

NOTE: On October 1, 2021 WIDA Early Years eLearning moved to the WIDA Secure Portal, a members-only hub for WIDA professional learning courses and resources. Learn more about WIDA Early Years eLearning, what changed, and how to create a WIDA Secure Portal account at WIDA Early Years eLearning has moved.

Live Webinars

January 25, 2022 | 4PM - 5PM (repeat of the 10/19/21 webinar)
Promising Practices Implementation Kit Webinar

February 1, 2022 | 4PM - 5:30PM
Unleash Their Play by Tapping into Children's Home Cultures

February 3, 2022 | 4PM - 6PM
Equity Symposium Session: How Do Children Develop Languages? Implications for Educators in Diverse Settings

April 19, 2022 | 4PM - 5PM (repeat of the 10/19/21 webinar)
Promising Practices Implementation Kit Webinar

Live Online Administrator Academy

February 23, 2022 | 9AM - 12PM
AA#1925 - Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood Education

On Demand Courses from WIDA Early Years

WIDA eLearning

WIDA Early Years eLearning is intended for ECE professionals, including pre-service and in-service teachers, teacher educators, practitioners, coaches, trainers, and leaders/administrators. One hour of ISBE and/or Gateways credit is available upon completion of each course. Course titles include:

Dual Language Learners and their Families
Dual Language Learners with Disabilities
Making Connections
Scaffolding Language Learning
Promising Practices
Are We Ready? What K-12 Educators Can Do to Support Young Multilingual Children




Ready to start an On Demand Course from WIDA EY eLearning?

  1. Go to
  2. Follow the directions to create a WIDA Secure Portal account.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email to finalize setup of your WIDA Secure Portal account. Follow the directions in the email and click the link provided to confirm your account and setup a password.
  4. After you are logged in to the WIDA Secure Portal, select "Professional Learning" from the main menu.
  5. Learn more about the available courses by selecting "Course Details", and click Enroll Now" to enter the course!

Downloadable Resources
Downloadable Resources

Making Connections, is a comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who use the Illinois Early Learning and Developmental Standards and WIDA Early Years resources to plan equitable learning opportunities to young multilingual children.

Promoting Equity for Young Multilingual Children and Their Families 

WIDA Early Years Guiding Principles of Language Development

ABCs of Family Engagement




We gratefully acknowledge our partnership with ISBE that brings these resources to the early care and education (ECE) community across Illinois.

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