Below are upcoming opportunities to explore.

Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) Updates  The Partner Plan Act Collaboration Institute is gearing up to launch its application for the second cohort. The application will be open from April 1-May 30 for supports starting July 1.

Engaging Families in Early Childhood Community Collaborations This training will help participants identify strategies to reach priority populations, empower parents, and sustain a welcoming environment for families.  The next Engaging Families in Early Childhood Community Collaborations trainings are:

Webinar: Strengthening Principal Preparation Through On-the-Job Training  Join a webinar at noon (Eastern Time) Wednesday, April 24, to hear lessons learned from an effort by KIPP—a charter management organization—to prepare assistant principals as principals through job-embedded training. To accommodate its rapid growth in recent years, the KIPP charter network has developed strategies for developing assistant principals into instructional leaders.

Webinar on the Illinois Risk and Reach Project  The CS3 team will be joined by Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Director of Policy at Erikson Institute on Tuesday, April 30 at 1pm for an hour long webinar. Participants will be introduced to the Illinois Risk and Reach Project and explore how they can use the data in their work. This webinar is meant for early childhood collaboration members.

2019 Partner Plan Act Conference: Equity from the Start Registration for the 2019 Partner Plan Act Conference is now open! The conference will take place in Bloomington, Illinois from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 11. This annual conference brings early childhood system stakeholders to learn, network, and deepen their community systems knowledge and skills.

Sharing A Vision Biennial Conference October 2-4, 2019  Save the dates for the Sharing A Vision Biennial Conference on Oct. 2-4 in East Peoria. This exceptional conference is planned to meet the needs of early childhood professionals and families in the state and is coordinated by the Illinois Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children in collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Human Services. This conference will highlight Rosemarie Allen, a national expert on implicit bias and culturally responsive practices, and Jim Gill, an author, musician, and child development specialist who truly understands the benefits of play and movement for all children. To learn more, visit the Sharing a Vision website.