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Preschool FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Serving English Learners in Preschool Programs

In April 2022, ISBE released updated guidance for serving English Learners (ELs) in preschool programs in Illinois public school districts.

FAQs - Serving English Learners in Preschool Programs

Growing Futures

Illinois AEYC Growing Futures Conference

October 13-15, 2022

Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center
Springfield, IL

This conference includes over 70 workshop sessions, a keynote session, exhibit hall and networking opportunities. It provides an opportunity for all early childhood professionals in public schools, child care centers, home child care, Head Start, administrators and agency personnel to come together from all regions of the state to share their commitment to high quality learning experiences for young children and to support families of Illinois.

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On Demand Professional Learning for ECERS-3

Introduction to the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale®, Third Edition (ECERS-3™)

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WIDA Early Years

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.

Illinois WIDA Early Years eLearning Flyer

Go to https://go.wisc.edu/2ik3k9 to start an On Demand Course from WIDA EY eLearning today!

Learning at Home

Learning at Home

Our latest resource for Illinois preschool teachers and families.

Learning at Home

These At Home and On the Go activities were created by The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning in collaboration with a group of teachers, family specialists, and parents. They support the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.


Need help paying for college coursework?

The Gateways Scholarship Program can help!

Scholarship funds are available for Preschool for All funded programs!

Learn more about the Gateways Scholarship Program and how it can pay up to 100% of your tuition.

Review the Gateways Scholarship requirements.

Apply online, or by submitting your application via mail.

To speak with a Gateways Scholarship Counselor, call 866.697.8278, or email scholarship@ilgateways.com.