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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


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.​

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