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​ISBE Early Childhood Division supports professional development projects through Early Childhood Block Grant funds and IDEA Part B Discretionary funds.  These projects provide professional development and technical assistance regarding early childhood education at no cost to programs. Select the project links for more information. ​

 Baby Talk

500 East Lake Shore Drive
Decatur, IL 62521


2900 Ogden Avenue
Lisle, IL 06532

 Gateways to Opportunity

Scholarship funds are available for Preschool for All funded programs!

  1. Learn more about the Gateways Scholarship Program and how it can pay up to 100% of your tuition.
  2. Review the Gateways Scholarship requirements.
  3. 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.​

 The Ounce of Prevention Professional Development

33 West Monroe Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60603

 The Center: Early Childhood Professional Development

  • The Center Library

    The Center Library hosts a large collection of early childhood professional materials​, and is open to Illinois educators in the early childhood field.

  • Cale​ndarPDF Document - Professional Development Opportunities​ (July thru December 2018)

 Illinois STAR NET

Illinois STAR NET
Illinois STARnet provides a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young children, ages birth through eight, with an emphasis on children with special needs. STARnet supports family-centered, researched and effective practices in early childhood education and care.​

  • Calendar​PDF Document - Professional Development Opportunities​ (July thru December 2018)​​
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