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Fall Into Action Early Childhood Policy Workshop

Illinois AEYC is proud to partner with Illinois Action for Children to sponsor a Fall Into Action Early Childhood Policy Workshop in Springfield on December 10th.

As Illinois Action for Children’s Public Policy and Advocacy team prepares for the upcoming legislative session that will begin in January, we have important information to share and would like your opinions on a number of topics.

When you and your colleagues attend a Fall Into Action workshop, you will: Learn about state and federal policies, Census 2020, Fair Tax Act and EC Cost Reform and how it will affect Early Child Care in each community; Weigh in as a group and brainstorm policy issues to prioritize next year; and Share the policy issues that matter to you to help shape Illinois Action for Children’s policy agenda for FY2020.

To register for this session, please visit: this link  (you will select the December 10th event).

Cost: $15

Date: Tuesday, December 10

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation 228 W Miller St Springfield, IL 62702 (Room 2B)

Developing a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Climate in our After School Program

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 
10–11:30 a.m.

When developing a SEL climate, all elements of an institution i.e. discipline, classroom management, curriculum, etc. must reflect and uphold the skills and attitudes of social and emotional competence. Attendees will gain strategies on how to create safe spaces, learn creative check-ins, check-outs and participate in activities to encourage continued social and emotional learning through instruction.

IAN Trainer: Tiana Cody, IAN Trainer and Founder of S.T.A.R LLC (Strengthen Training Across Regions)


Revisiting Our Rural Roots: Supporting Students, Preparing Teachers, and Collaborating with Communities to Influence Excellence in Rural Education

The Center for Rural Education was founded to encourage post-secondary goals for rural Tennessee students, support pre-service teaching candidates from rural areas, enhance the professional opportunities for rural teachers, and contribute to the profession with rural research. This inaugural conference is the next step in the journey to accomplish those goals. Please join them on March 24, 2020, as they explore the theme, Revisiting Our Rural Roots: Supporting Students, Preparing Teachers, and Collaborating with Communities to Influence Excellence in Rural Education.” This one-day conference intends to foster collaboration as they pool ideas, share information, and provide tools and resources to support our rural counties.


2020 College changes Everything Conference

Save the Date – Thursday, July 9, 2020

Please mark your calendars for the 2020 College Changes Everything® Conference – the state’s premier college access and success event. This one day conference showcases best practices, collaborations, and resources available to promote and support student college and career readiness and to help Illinois reach its Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025. The conference will take place at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois.

A call for interest session proposals will go out in January. Please consider submitting a proposal to help make the conference a valuable professional development experience by sharing your knowledge and experience with colleagues from all over the state.

One of the strengths of the conference is that it brings together the diverse stakeholders from across the state needed for student success: college access practitioners; high school leaders, counselors, and case managers; college and university leaders and administrators; employers and workforce development professionals; and policy makers and elected officials interested in education and student outcomes. The conference also serves as an opportunity for stakeholders to improve their practice of collaboration and collective leadership as we work toward the state’s goal.

2020 College Changes Everything Conference Planning Committee

  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Illinois Community College Board
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • Illinois College Access Network
  • Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
  • Advance Illinois
  • Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University
  • Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University
  • Generations Serving Generations
  • ACT Now
  • Women Employed

The College Changes Everything® Conference is sponsored by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Helping Illinois reach its Goal 2025: to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality college degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025

Announcement of Cross-Training Opportunity

As part of the Community Systems Statewide Supports, our friends at the Ounce of Prevention Fund are seeking to support local communities in establishing and/or strengthening cross-system connections through providing technical assistance for cross-training.

This exciting new opportunity for your community brings together service providers from disparate service systems to learn about each other and foster collaboration so that they can better serve common program participants. The goals of cross-training include:

  • Increasing awareness of service needs of a defined population;
  • Increasing knowledge of and ability to navigate unfamiliar service systems;
  • Promoting cross-sector/system relationships among service providers; and
  • Establishing a platform for future cross-sector/system collaboration at the local level.

Please submit your online application by December 11, 2019. Questions about the opportunity can be directed to Carie Bires at or 312-291-3160.