Learn, Share, and Grow series cover a particular topic over a series of short video segments. So if you only have 5 minutes, you can watch one, and if you have more time you can watch a whole series. Check out these short professional development segments on topics of interest to family child care professionals on the Grow Page.
The Illinois Early Learning Project provides resources for early childhood professionals related to the Illinois Early Learning Standards. The Illinois Early Learning (IEL) website offers video clips that can be used as a resource for parents and professionals around a variety of topics related to IEL Standards benchmarks, IEL Guidelines for 0-3, and parenting. Video content is available in English and Spanish and include transcripts and descriptions.
Send us a description of your idea. *
We are looking for content (including photos or video**) such as:
- A great activity that you did with the children
- Tips for business (organization, record keeping, strategies for managing requirements)
- A song or movement activity that the children enjoy
- Tips for managing transition times (setting up meals, naptime, moving to outdoor spaces)
- Positive interactions that support children’s learning and development (between children or between provider and child)
- Ideas for arranging your space
- Other ideas you have that you think providers might be interested in hearing about
Depending on the content, you might be invited to write a blog post for Town Square Perspectives. Town Square staff will help support and guide you in developing the content before posting it to the Town Square site.
*If your content is selected to be shared on Town Square you will be asked to sign a release form and ask any other people who may be pictured also sign a release form (or parents of children who are pictured).
**Please try to capture your video horizontally. If your movie file is too big we can work with you on file sharing options.
Preschool children love to help. You can ask children to create videos or even a series of photos to explain how to do something or even steps or guidelines for a routine activity like handwashing, as this example from a provider illustrates:
Children might like to share ideas about things like how to get ready to go play outside, how to clean up after a meal, what to do with your things when you come in, or any number of other things. You can create a slide show with pictures or post a child-created video to a private YouTube channel to share with families. This appropriate use of technology that features the children in your care is sure to be an exciting activity.
Goal: Involve children in communicating information using technology.