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​ISBE Early Childhood Services Department ​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. ​

Preschool For All & Preschool For All-Expansion Administrator Forum


ISBE is hosting a Preschool for All (PFA) and Preschool for ALL Expansion (PFA-E) Administrator Forum at the I-Hotel in Champaign on September 25 and 26, 2018. ISBE strongly encourages all PFA and PFA-E administrators to attend. This is a biennial forum, so there will be much to hear and learn if you did not attend in 2016. Whether you’re new to administering these grants or want to expand your skills, the forum will have something for you - seminars on implementing your grant, informative sessions on best practices and innovative strategies, round tables on hot topics, networking opportunities, resources to support you in your work, and a tour of a GOLD-rated early childhood center. The forum will start with continental breakfast on the morning of September 25 with sessions specifically targeted to new administrators and newly funded programs, though all are welcome. All administrators are strongly encouraged to arrive for the opening and lunch, followed by interactive sessions, and a tour of a GOLD-rated PFA site. Day 2, September 26, begins with continental breakfast, a featured speaker, and breakout sessions including grant compliance, ECERS-3, monitoring, Pyramid Model, community collaboration, inclusion, leadership, family engagement, young English Learners, as well as roundtable opportunities and resource tables. Lunch will be provided. Registration information and forum details can be found on the Early Childhood Professional Learning web site at eclearningil.org​.​

There is a block of sleeping rooms available under ​the “ISBE Administrators’ Forum” for Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, and Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. View the hotel information.​​​​​​​​​​​

 Baby Talk

500 East Lake Shore Drive
Decatur, IL 62521
​The Early Childhood Workforce Development Working Team facilitated by the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, implemented several strategies aimed at providing high quality early care and education to Illinois children.  This work has been focused on:  1) increasing the number of Early Childhood professionals and trained caregivers, including those from diverse populations; and 2) creating clear pathways to increasing career opportunities.

One of those strategies is to develop and disseminate messaging that:
  • helps higher education advisors, high school counselors, families and faculty encourage students to enter the ECE field;
  • informs institutions of higher education, high school administrators and staff, providers, and educators of policy changes that affect pipeline/pathways;
  • elevates awareness of career options and knowledge about career impacts within the Early Childhood field.

PLEASE - Get the Word Out!  Review the brochure and begin using it to encourage individuals to pursue careers in Early Childhood.  Some possible uses include:
  • Print copies for students seeking information on options in Early Childhood or a related field;
  • Circulate during presentations, conferences/workshops/meetings;
  • Distribute to parents of your students to keep them informed of career options;
  • Make available to “fringe” populations, such as bus drivers or nutrition services workers;
  • Take to career and recruitment events or when speaking to youth/young adult programs;
  • Come up with your own creative strategies for distribution.
If you have additional questions, thoughts or ideas, please contact Terri Lamb 217-524-4835 or tlamb@isbe.net​.​


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 Learning

 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.​

 Preschool for All Expansion Professional Development

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