Below is a brief overview of the services STARNET provides.
How do I access technical assistance and on-site consultation?
STARNET staff are available to provide on-site or telephone assistance and support on early childhood issues and concerns. Call us to share ideas, investigate resources and brainstorm solutions. We welcome the opportunity to visit classrooms and network with early childhood professionals and families.
How does STARNET support families?
STARNET offers Family Fellowships, a Family Resource Directory, conferences, modules and workshops promoting family-centered perspectives. Family Resource Specialists, who are parents of children with special needs, are available to provide training, information and support to families and providers.
How can I participate in STARNET trainings and professional development?
Through needs assessments and requests, regional workshops are scheduled to address current topics. Training opportunities are available at no cost to all who work with young children. For current workshop information, please see our workshop listings. To suggest a topic, please call us at (800) 227-7537.
How does STARNET value and support collaboration within the early childhood community?
Workshops are planned in collaboration with local agencies and school districts. STARNET provides training that promotes best practices in early childhood. If you would like to plan a training event with us, please contact our Resource Specialists.
Community Forums represent all those involved with young children in your area. Early childhood education and care is nurtured through Community Forums. STARNET staff have a history of supporting regional partnerships. Resource Specialists can assist your local efforts to bring together your early childhood neighborhood.
What additional resources are available through STARNET Regions I & III?
- Webcast - Apples Video Magazine is a monthly online webcast program focusing on early childhood topics and interests. Viewers can access the program the third Thursday of each month during the school year via the Internet. Video tapes or DVD of the program may be borrowed or purchased.
- Resource Library – STARNET has a lending library containing materials on early childhood topics. Books and audio/visual media are available for free loan with return postage as the only cost to the borrower.
- Newsletter - The newsletter promotes early childhood best practices, showcases innovative programs, and shares training opportunities. The newsletter is your information source in Regions I & III. To be placed on the mailing list or to update your mailing information, please use our mailing list form.
- Fellowships - STARNET provides fellowship reimbursement funds to individuals to attend inservice opportunities in the State of llinois. Family members, educators, and service providers who work with children ages birth through 5 years with special needs are eligible to apply. Application forms must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event for which you are seeking funding. Funds may be used for workshop registration, travel and substitute teachers. Please refer to the fellowship information page for details and guidelines.