The importance of early childhood education cannot be underestimated, and there are numerous educational policy initiatives that demonstrate a nuanced understanding of this situation. The state of Illinois has recently developed this website to provide "a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children". While intended primarily for residents of Illinois, much of the material can be used by people from around the country. The site itself is funded by the Illinois Board of Education, and works closely with the Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP) at the University of Illinois. One of the first stops for new visitors should be the tip sheet section, as it offers a number of nice tip sheets on various topics. Some of the topics covered include social and emotional development, parenting and family life, social science, and fine arts. Additionally, many of the tip sheets are also available in Spanish and Polish.
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