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


Handouts:  Spring 2016 Gathering of Early Childhood Educators 

Developing a Preschool Summer Camp  (Lesson plan)  (Registration)

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, Pt. 1   (Assessment)

From TLC to TCI

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, Pt. 2 


 Professional Development Minimize


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.

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 V

  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:   

Winter/Spring 2016/17

Administered by the IL Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

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
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Staff Development for Educators Spring-Summer 2017

Bureau of Education & Research Professional Development

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



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2017 Fall Gathering of Early Childhood Educators
Date: TBA

Location:  TBA

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Spring Gathering!

Interested in doing a workshop presentation?  Contact Julie Ramski at

April 24-28, 2017 Week of the Young Child                                  
Visit for national event activities and details to help plan your celebrations.

Upcoming Conferences and Events



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

Preschool for All             

Story Bus

Chicago Children's Museum 




Julie Ramski
Early Childhood Education Director




 Resources Minimize

Presentation for New Leaders and Early Childhood Educators

What is a Quality Early Childhood Program?



Play in the Early Years-Key to School Success

 It's Playtime!

Checklist for Early Childhood Excellence



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Coming soon.


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