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June 2022

Celebrating Juneteenth in the community!

Juneteenth is this Sunday! Check out some great Juneteenth children's books and upcoming local events happening this weekend. Whitney Brooks, one of our Community Ambassadors, and early childhood educator, wrote a blog post for us about how to celebrate and learn about this important part of our American history. Check it out here.  
Local ECE Information & Resources
Please note: There will be no Directors' Roundtable meeting on June 16. We will be inviting Directors to a Directors Town Hall Meeting later this summer. 
Opportunities for EC Educators and Providers
  • Birth to Five Action and Family Councils - Birth to Five Illinois is a new initiative from the state of Illinois with a mission to create a statewide regional infrastructure that will amplify input from communities in the development of policies and funding priorities. Birth To Five Illinois are creating 39 Birth to Five Action Councils and Family Councils across the State to create an opportunity for ECE stakeholders to collaborate together and address the early childhood needs within their own communities. Learn more or join the Birth To Five  Action Council!
  • Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity Scholarship - Awards are available for undergraduate study at public and non-profit private 2- and 4-year Gateways-entitled and Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity member institutions. Applications are due August 15, 2022.
Join a professional learning community. The McCormick Center’s Leadership Academies offer professional learning for center-based and home-based program administrators. Taking place over several months, the experience encourages practical application of learning concepts between sessions and the forming of supportive networks. Credits for college and professional development credentials are available. 
  • Ready to Lead (RTL) is for newly-hired early childhood administrators created to delve into the power of self-reflection, understand the transition from peer to supervisor, explore leadership styles, and learn strategies for increased productivity. Deadline to apply: August 12, 2022
  • Taking the Lead (TTL) is a family child care provider academy focused on growing and sustaining your business, developing advocacy skills, and promoting positive learning environments. Deadline to Apply: July 5, 2022
Professional Development
More Resources on our Symposium Online Resource Table Webpage!
  • PK-3 Teach Lead Grow: Free library of early childhood classroom videos, tools and resources to develop effective PreK-3rd grade teachers and leaders.
  • Townsquare: an innovative online destination and learning community dedicated to helping, informing, and supporting child care professionals in providing high-quality care for all children.
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