Early Childhood Education
- ISBE Early Childhood Block Grant 3-5 Compliance Checklist (10/14)
- ISBE Biennial Statewide Preschool For All/Block Grant Administrators' Forum: Nov. 7, 2014
- ExceleRate Illinois
- Prevention Initiative Implementation Manual Webinars (1/14)
- Homeless Education Common Form (83-01)
- Illinois Birth to Five Program Standards (2/14)
- Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (IELDS) (Final - Updated 9/13)
- Important Notice Regarding Grant Expenditures (12/12/12)
- Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age Three
- Evaluation of Programs: Preschool for All for Children Ages 3–5 and Prevention Initiative for Children Birth to 3
- Resources for Supporting Appropriate Technology Integration in Early Childhood Programs
- Online Class: Understanding the Development of English Language Learners in the Early Childhood Classroom (ECE508)
- Preschool LRE
- Fourteen Day Memo-Preschool Initial Eligibility Guidance
- Preschool Homeless Education Plan for District and ROE Programs (2/13)
- Illinois Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge2 Application (10/24/12)
For children from birth to age 3 years, early childhood provides funding for the Prevention Initiative for Programs Offering Coordinated Services to At-Risk Children and Their Families to include a parental training component. The aim of Prevention Initiative is to provide early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services to help families build a strong foundation for learning to prepare children for later school success.
For children from 3 to 5 years old, early childhood provides funding for the Preschool for All Children program. The long term goal of the Preschool for All Children program is to provide educational services to all 3- to 5-year-old children whose families choose to participate. The Preschool for All Children program focuses on providing high-quality educational programs for children who are determined to be at risk of academic failure. It also provides funding for programs serving families of low to moderate income whose children are not considered to be at risk academically and other families that choose to participate.
The Preschool Development Grant – Expansion Grant (PDG/EG) was awarded to Illinois, as part of a four year grant, to enhance its infrastructure to provide high-quality preschool programs, and to expand high-quality full day preschool programs for four year olds in high-need communities. Eighteen communities were selected to participate in the first phase of the Preschool Expansion Grant.
Early Childhood Special Education programs for children ages three to five are part of the special education continuum as operated by the public schools of Illinois. While the Illinois Department of Human Services is the lead agency for special education services for children ages birth to three, ISBE Early Childhood staff act as liaisons to that program.
Kindergarten Corner includes the Kindergarten Early Learning Standards, Kindergarten Data, Featured Experts, and Kindergarten Resources as part of the comprehensive plan for supporting teachers, administrators and parents of kindergarten children.
If you have further questions about Early Childhood services in the State of Illinois, please feel free to contact the Early Childhood Division at 217/524-4835.