Illinois Early Childhood Collective Projects Share Resources for Learning at Home During Trying Times

Two parents playing with a toddler on the floor

As the COVID-19 situation evolves in our communities, many families may be seeking resources for supporting young children’s learning at home.

The Illinois Early Learning Project (IEL) and the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse (EIC), two of our Early Childhood Collective partners here at the University of Illinois, have responded by creating webpages for families looking for these types of resources.

IEL has published a blog post and resource list on the topic of how to keep young children learning at home during trying times. Their tip sheets provide many ideas for families to continue to learn and play together.

EIC has put together sets of tips sheets with ideas about how to create opportunities for everyday early intervention for young children on their Everyday Early Intervention During Coronavirus webpage. This digital collection is designed to support children’s developmental outcomes and IFSP goals.

EIC is also accepting requests for books and DVDs from their library for home use (via mail).

Those who work to support young children through practice, policy, and research can also help at this time by sharing information with families about how they can talk with their children about the coronavirus situation, keep a stable routine, and keep learning during this time. Please share these resources widely and let us know what information we can create and curate to help you reach families during this time.

By providing these resources, the Early Childhood Collective hopes to further its mission to strengthen families and enhance early care and education in Illinois, especially during these trying times.