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​​​​Families, teachers, and policymakers have become increasingly aware of the need to address the linguistic diversity of Illinois early childhood students, many of whom are experiencing formal schooling for the first time. On this page, there are resources available for parents/ guardians, teachers, and administrators to utilize for English Learners in early childhood.​

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WIDA Early Years Resources

  • Making Connections: Using the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and WIDA Early Years Resources to Plan Instruction for Young Multilingual Children is a free comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who want to plan equitable learning opportunities for young multilingual children. For more information and to register for upcoming free webinars focusing on this resource, click here​
    This resource is made available through a partnership between The Center: Early Childhood Professional Learning (ECPL) and WIDA Early Years​.  It is funded by ISBE.
  • WIDA Early Years Resources - Scroll down to access the Focus on Early Years Bulletins, Can Do Descriptors, and other resources.
  • ​​WIDA Early Years FREE Online Modules

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