Archdiocese of Chicago

 Early Childhood Minimize

The OCS Early Childhood department seeks to empower schools to support the healthy development of young children through quality programs, developmentally appropriate practices and participation in local, state and national early childhood initiatives.

Early Childhood Handbook

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Preschool and Kindergarten Standards Based Report Card and Expectation Documents

Preschool SBRC (Quarters) doc download
Preschool SBRC (Trimesters) doc download
Preschool SBRC Expectations doc download
Kindergarten SBRC (Quarters) doc download
Kindergarten SBRC (Trimesters) doc download
Kindergarten SBRC Expectations doc download



 Professional Development Minimize

Professional development is an ongoing process. All early childhood professionals—no matter how qualified— need to continue to incorporate into their professional repertoire new knowledge and skills related to working with young children and their families. -National Association for the Education of Young Children

Provided by the IL State Board of Education

Early Childhood Professional Development

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Early Childhood Special Needs - STARNET

STARNET is a Support and Technical Assistance Regional Network that provides training, consultation and resources to the early childhood community of Illinois.

July-December 2019 list of statewide professional development opportunities


The state of Illinois is divided into 6 STARNET regions.  For our school system, which encompasses all of Lake and Cook counties, we are served by 3 regions.

  1. Northern Region II

      2. City of Chicago Region

       3.  South Suburban/East Central Region VI


Provided by IL Action for Children

Early Care & Education Resources - For Child Care, School-Age & Early Learning Professional Development:  Fall 2019 Catalog


Gateways to Opportunity Illinois Professional Development System

Gateways to Opportunity is the single statewide support network designed to provide guidance, encouragement and recognition to individuals and programs who serve young children and their families.  It illustrates the many career pathways and provides coordination of resources on education and training for those seeking career development and enhancement. 

Register with Gateways (it's free!)

  • Higher Education Directory
    • Find out about the early childhood degrees and certificate programs offered by 2 and 4-year institutions of higher education in Illinois.
    • Search by school name, county or zip code.
    • View a map of all two- and four-year institutions of higher education in Illinois.
  • Professional Development Advisement Program
    • Illinois Gateways to Opportunity will match you with a Professional Development Advisor (PDA) to help you plan and achieve your career goals.
    • You can utilize a PDA's expertise for as little as one hour - or for as long as you need help making progress toward your career goals.  This service is free.
    • Call 1-888-548-8080 to learn more about Professional Development Advisement
    • i-learning 

Gateways to Opportunity is administered through Inccrra and funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services Bureau of Child Care and Development, the McCormick Foundation, and Grand Victoria Foundation. Gateways to Opportunity, the arch logo and Illinois Professional Development System are registered trademarks of Inccrra.


Staff Development for Educators 

Bureau of Education & Research Professional Development


Early Childhood Investigations

Early Childhood Learning Solutions on edWeb

Hatch Early Learning

The Source for Learning




 What's New Minimize


Conference for Kindergarten Teachers
November 18-19
Double Tree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip
Multilingual Illinois: The 43rd Annual Statewide Conference for Teachers Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students
December 3 - 6, 2019
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, Oak Brook, IL
*Registration will be available late September.
Opening Minds Conference
January 29-February 1, 2020
Hotel Fairmont Chicago-Millennium Park


Early Childhood Links

Illinois Early Learning & Development Standards

Illinois Learning Standards for Kindergarten

National Association for the Education of Young Children

IL Early Learning Project

Early Choices
Preschool for All             

Story Bus

Chicago Children's Museum 




Julie Ramski
Director of Early Childhood Education


 Resources Minimize

Resources for Administrators and Early Childhood Leaders

What is a Quality Early Childhood Program?



Play in the Early Years-Key to School Success

 It's Playtime!

Checklist for Early Childhood Excellence

The Pyramid Model  for Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children

Danielson Framework with Early Learning examples

CPS Framework for Teaching Companion Guide Preschool Addendum


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For questions or comments regarding this page, please contact the Director of Early Childhood Education.