COVID-19 and Child Care

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These resources include professional development opportunities (e.g., trainings, technical assistance, webinars), library materials and information resources (e.g.,technical reports, tip sheets), and early childhood and demographic data from state and federal sources. Funded by federal and state grants and contracts, this collective group of projects offers knowledge and expertise in the areas of research,
policy, and practice.

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse (EIC)

Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map

Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM)

Illinois Early Learning Project

Illinois Early Learning Project (IEL)

All Covid-19 content can be found at https://illinoisearlylearning.org/group/covid-19/

All these resources are also available in Spanish, and some are available in French and Polish.

Illinois Early Intervention Training Program

Illinois Early Intervention Training Program (EITP)

Military Families Learning Network

Military Families Learning Network (MFLN)

Trauma and Neglect

With Senate Resolution 0099, Illinois declared May 15, 2019 as Trauma-Informed Awareness Day to highlight the impact of trauma and the importance of prevention and community resilience through trauma-informed care.

Take a moment to review the available resources for training to increase awareness for everyone in this vital work with the youngest citizens of Illinois.  This list was created to highlight some important offerings from state-wide community partners with the trauma-informed lens!  Please share with others and extend an invitation to them to participate in some of these offerings!

Military Families Learning Network

Military Families Learning Network (MFLN)

MFLN Early Intervention Trauma Module Link:

  • Childhood Trauma: Understanding, Supporting, and Preventing web-based modules (carries EITP CE credits) This course was created by the Military Families Learning Network’s Early Intervention Team and co-sponsored by EITP.  This course explores childhood trauma, disability, and trauma-informed practices in early childhood settings. This self-paced, interactive module includes four units which cover the prevalence and impact of trauma, manifestation of trauma in young children, providing trauma-informed supports, and preventing future trauma.  It is designed to be a high-level overview of the topic and a starting point for professionals working with young children and their families.

MFLN Webinars

MFLN Blog Posts


Illinois Early Intervention Training Program

Illinois Early Intervention Training Program (EITP)

Everyone who suspects child abuse or neglect should call the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Child Abuse Hotline to make a report, but Mandated Reporters are required by law to do so.

Mandated Reporter Information for Illinois
Offers information about what it means to be a mandated reporter and links to a variety of resources to assist professionals who work with families and young children. Includes a link to the DCFS online course that is required for Illinois Mandated Reporters to understand their critical role in protecting children by recognizing and reporting child abuse.

Digging Deep: Utilizing Trauma Informed Practices in Early Intervention (SFY20 dates coming soon)
This webinar series is a follow-up to the Childhood Trauma: Understanding, Supporting, and Preventing online module.  Participants will dig deeper into what trauma-informed practices are and how early interventionists (EIs) can utilize trauma-informed strategies in their everyday work.  The goals of this offering are to increase the capacity of EIs to collaborate effectively and create actionable local plans related to trauma-informed care, increase knowledge of evidence-based EI policies, practices, and programs, enhance the ability of EIs to identify, implement, and monitor the impacts of effective trauma-informed practices, and to improve the capacity of the EI systems to sustain implementation of evidence-based practices that are trauma-informed.  These sessions will be held virtually, in a live, real-time format through ZOOM, will be highly interactive and are well suited for professionals who are interested in reflecting upon current practices AND are ready to make changes in their EI practice.

Trauma in the World: Wellness on the Mind (FY20 dates coming soon)
Many professionals know about major sources of trauma but underestimate how much accumulated instances of it can detrimentally impact children and families. This professional development opportunity uncovers the many sources of traumatic experiences and their subsequent effects.  Trauma awareness and strategies to detoxify the trauma through the process of wellness hygiene are discussed.


Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map

Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM)

Statewide Child Abuse & Neglect 2009-2015
This landing page offers spreadsheets and static maps from 2009-2015 on the number and the rates per 1,000 children age 0 through 17 indicated for abuse and neglect as well as those indicated for sexual abuse.

Spotlight on Stats: Child Abuse & Neglect
This one-page report describes the types and implications of child maltreatment and contains two maps showing the number and rate per 1,000 children indicated for abuse and neglect in 2015.  

Number per 1,000 of Illinois Children Indicated for Abuse and Neglect By County, 2015
This map shows the number per 1,000 children indicated for abuse and neglect by county in 2015. It was created using data from the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services’ report on Child Abuse and Neglect.


Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse (EIC)

Stress and Trauma in Young Children
This resource guide provides a collection of recommended family-centered and professional resources in a variety of formats including (books, audiobooks, ebooks, videos and websites) to assist those working with young children and their families who have experiences stress and trauma. To borrow any of these materials or others, contact the EI Clearinghouse.


Illinois Early Learning Project

Illinois Early Learning Project (IEL)

Additional Resources

TED Talk: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across the Lifespan by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

ACEs Connection
https://www.acesconnection.com/

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/programs_campaigns/nctsi/nctsi-infographic-full.pdf

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/after_a_crisis_helping_young_children_heal.pdf

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center: Disaster Planning and Trauma Response
This topic page provides resources to assist individuals working with children and families to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters or other emergency situations.

Child Trends News Service: Overcoming Childhood Trauma video
The Child Trends News Service is a collaboration of the Child Trends Hispanic Institute and Ivanhoe Broadcast News, with the support of the National Science Foundation.

Family Engagement

Family Engagement is a key component to achieving success in most, if not all, early childhood projects. The Early Childhood Collective at UIUC has a wealth of valuable resources that can help you understand the importance of family engagement and promote participation of families in your community.

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse (EIC)

The Family’s Role in Early Intervention: How You Can Help Your Child
This family-friendly tip sheet provides brief, practical ways that parents and care givers can be involved in services and the importance of their role as advocates for their child. (Also available in Spanish)

Early Intervention: Partnership at Its Best
This short newsletter article describes the critical role that families play in early intervention services. (Also available in Spanish)

Additional Resources can be found at the following EIC Resource Guides: Family Engagement and Child Care and Family-Centered Practices

Illinois Early Intervention Training Program

Illinois Early Intervention Training Program (EITP)

Coaching Families of Young Children with Disabilities: What is it and How it Works – Part 1
This video is from a winter webinar created by EITP to provide professionals with knowledge and practical advice for coaching families.

Early Intervention Foundational Pillars: Family-centered practices
This training module created by Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum and offered through EITP describes the what family-centered means how important it is in engaging families.

Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map

Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM)

Child and Family Characteristics
Knowing the demographics for a specific area can help community agencies better serve the needs of families. By meeting the needs of the families you can pave the way for greater family engagement. There is extensive collection of data available that can help you understand the families in your community.

Illinois Early Learning Project

Illinois Early Learning Project (IEL)

Connecting with Parents: “But He Doesn’t Do That at Home!”
This family-friendly tip sheet provides brief, practical ways that childcare providers can connect with parents and acknowledge the differences in behavior children can exhibit between home and childcare. (Also available in Spanish and Polish)

Conference Time! Talking to Your Child’s Teacher or Caregiver
This family-friendly tip sheet describes ways a parent can be involved and prepared parent-teacher conferences. (Also available in Spanish and Polish and Korean)

Military Families Learning Network

Military Families Learning Network (MFLN)

Engaging Families to Focus on Intervention Strategies
This webinar video was designed to help early interventionists, private therapy providers, and other professionals working with young children with disabilities think about their interactions with the child’s family and how those interactions strengthen a family’s ability to support their child’s learning.

Additional Links

Champaign’s Community Schools Initiative (video)
The Champaign Unit 4 School District success story is told by Katina Wilcher, MSW, the director of student, family, and community engagement. As of 2018, the school district has piloted the Community Schools Initiative in three elementary schools: Booker T. Washington, Garden Hills, and Stratton. According to the district website, “Community Schools bring a variety of services and resources to communities, including: health services, counseling, tutoring, after school programs, mentoring, and exposure to college and career opportunities.”

Colona Grade School (video)
Students and their families at Colona Grade School in Henry County benefit from the resources provided by the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant administered by the Regional Office of Education No. 28. Family engagement is a priority for the teachers, families, and the community partners in Colona. Ms. Brackett and Ms. Whipple describe how family engagement begins with a welcoming school atmosphere for every family, which creates a sense of community. Colona Grade School staff encourage families to share in their child’s education. Families may select a variety of opportunities (e.g., family activities, parenting workshops, school/community events) to be engaged with their student’s education.

East Aurora School District’s Parent Cafés (video)
A families and school engagement success story is under way in District 131, East Aurora, IL. The school district provides multiple ways for families and the community to engage in its schools. The staff have been following the Parent Café process. According to Be Strong Families, “Parent Cafés are based on the principles of adult learning and family support and are a gateway to providing parent leadership opportunities.” In this video, staff and parent interviews are interspersed with scenes from a recent Parent Café event that illustrates just one of many opportunities families have to engage in their student’s school in District 131.

Peoria District 150’s Parent University
The Peoria School District 150 “Parent University” program has been around for several years, but a new approach during the 2016–2017 academic year has led to a great increase in family participation.

Springfield District 186 APTT Program (video)
Building relationships and investment in children’s learning and achievement is essential for successful family engagement. Since 2017, Matheny-Withrow Elementary School in Springfield, Illinois has used the Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) model to increase its family engagement. The APTT model provides parents and teachers with a structure for sharing information about each child’s academic progress on grade-level content (e.g., reading fluency, math computation). The APTT model promotes scheduling designated times during the school year for parents and teachers to meet together, build relationships, and collaborate on academic activities that ensure student learning and achievement occur both inside and outside the school setting.

West Chicago Elementary School District 33 (video)
West Chicago Elementary School District 33 family engagement includes connecting families to the many district and community resources that are available. The schools reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of West Chicago and portions of Winfield and Wheaton that are also in the district. Family and school communication is done through a variety of methods (e.g., social media, text messages, phone calls, newsletters). School district staff are part of WeGo Together for Kids, a coalition of more than 40 organizations dedicated to identifying resources and implementing programs to improve the lives of community residents.