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:  Fall 2017 Gathering of Early Childhood Educators 

The Hundred Languages of Children

Art-Process or Product?

Early Childhood Developmental Screening-Making Sense of the ESI-R

Assessment Doesn't Have to Be Overwheming-An Introduction to the Early Learning Scale



 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.

2017-18 list of statewide webinars

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:   

Fall 2017 Training 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

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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2018 Spring Gathering of Early Childhood Educators
April 28, 2018                         

Location:  Cardinal Joseph Bernadin Elementary School, Orland Hills

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Fall Gathering on October 21st at Mary Seat of Wisdom School!

Interested in doing a workshop presentation?  Contact Julie Ramski at

April 16-20, 2018 Week of the Young Child                                  
Visit for national event activities and details to help plan your celebrations.

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Opening Minds USA

February 7-10, 2018                         
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

Preschool for All             

Story Bus

Chicago Children's Museum 




Julie Ramski
Early Childhood Education Director




 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



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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.