ECAP Projects

Illinois-funded projects

Illinois Early Learning Project
Since 2001, the Illinois Early Learning Project (IEL) has provided reliable, evidence-based information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois. The Web site offers Tip Sheets for caregivers and parents in several languages, resources (including video clips) for implementing the Illinois Early Learning Standards, answers to frequently asked questions, a customized question-answering service, and an easy-to-use database of links to “the best of the Web” on topics related to early care and education. IEL is funded by the Early Childhood Division of the Illinois State Board of Education. The Illinois Early Learning Project provides support, resources, and information for teachers, specialists, administrators, and trainers interested in the implementation of the Project Approach in classrooms for preschool children.

Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map
The IECAM Web site provides a comprehensive picture of early care and education services in Illinois by combining demographic data, such as population, language use, and poverty level, with early childhood program data (Preschool for All, Head Start, other child care). IECAM informs Web site users with guides and reports, including Quick Help Handouts that explain features found on IECAM, Data Reports that clarify uses and limitations of particular data types, and Technical Reports that provide detailed information on data found on the Web site.

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse identifies and collects research-based and best-practice early intervention information to share with families and professionals in Illinois. This free lending library is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services and consists of books, journals, and DVDs related to early childhood, parenting, and young children with special needs. Additional resources are also available on the Web site, including resource guides related to topics in early intervention.

Illinois Families and School Success
The Illinois Families and School Success (IL-FSS) Web site is your gateway to evidence-based resources about ways families can be involved in the education and learning of their children in Title 1 programs, pre-K through high school.

Early Childhood Research & Practice (ARCHIVE)
Early Childhood Research & Practice (ECRP) is the only peer-reviewed, open-access, bilingual electronic journal in the field of early care and education. Since 1999, ECRP has covered topics related to the growth, learning, development, care, and education of children from birth to approximately age 8. ECRP has an international readership and receives more than 1.5 million user visits each year.

Federally funded projects

Preparing Relationship-based Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Personnel (PREP)
The PREP Project prepares early intervention and early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) personnel who have expertise in the social emotional development of young children as a foundation for providing responsive, evidence-based services to diverse young children with delays/disabilities and their families. The project provides students with a knowledge base built on core theory and content; opportunities to observe and interact with a variety of young children with delays/disabilities and their families; supervision that is individualized and facilitates self-reflection; family participation across a variety of training roles; and collegial collaboration that is modeled by faculty.

Project Blend
Project Blend prepares doctoral students to become leaders in developing blended teacher preparation programs in early childhood education, early childhood special education, and early intervention. Project Blend supports students through the completion of the doctoral requirements in the Department of Special Education. Graduates will earn a Ph.D. and be qualified to develop and sustain teacher preparation programs that prepare new teachers to meet the needs of children with diverse backgrounds and abilities in inclusive programs.

Project Family IMPACT
Opportunity for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Study at the University of Illinois The Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois is excited to announce a new doctoral/post-doctoral training program. The purpose of this program is to prepare doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars to become leaders who understand and address the modern life-long experiences that families of individuals with disabilities face specific to Individualization, Mobility, Poverty, Adversity, Culture and Trauma (IMPACT).