Welcome to Illinois STARNET Region V 
(City of Chicago)

We  provide a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young children, ages birth through eight, with an emphasis on the preschool years and children with special needs. 

Please take a look around and discover how we can help you reach for the stars!
Summer / Fall
Workshop Registration 
 Is Now Open!! 

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July - December 2016 Workshops
  'At A Glance'

You can now register ONLINE! 

Our NEW Online registration requires you to create a one-time profile. You can now register for multiple workshops with a click of a button.

STARNET aligns professional development activities to the State-approved national standards for professional learning promulgated by Learning Forward www.learningforward.org.  All trainings meet the professional development criteria for Illinois licensure renewal.
Workshop Opportunity

Suspending Early Childhood 
Expulsion and Suspension

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (Half-Day Workshop)
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop is designed for school district staff and practitioners interested in learning about early childhood expulsion and suspension, highlighting the gender and racial disparities, the current policy and legislative landscape, best practices, and how staff can implement strategies to address the problem. Participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the issue, including identifying the problem, existing research and statistics, and how different systems are addressing the issue, as well as be able to identify best practices around how to address early childhood expulsion and participate in advocacy on an individual client, staff, and program level. The workshop will include case and policy examples and time for interactive discussion and questions.

Allison Lowe-Fotos, MSW, LCSW is a Policy Specialist with the Ounce of Prevention Fund. She works on mental health, special education, early childhood expulsion and suspension, and workforce development initiatives and issues at the Ounce and has previously worked in direct practice in early childhood education programs providing case management, family support work, therapy with children.

Loyola University Chicago 

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A collaboration with Early Childhood Center for Professional Development (a project of The Center, Resources for Teaching and Learning), Erikson Institute, Loyola University Chicago, Ounce of Prevention and Starnet Region V (City of Chicago)

Funding Available for Professionals and Families!
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Want to attend a Starnet Region V Workshop or event, but can't get released from your classroom?  Apply for a Professional Development Fellowship to cover the cost of a substitute!  Want to do a book study at your site? Let Starnet purchase the books for you!  Do you or one of the families you work with want to attend a conference or seminar? Professional Development and Family Fellowships  are available to help defray the costs! Click here for the application form and information about Professional Development and Family Fellowships available for professionals and families.

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