Welcome to the Illinois Early Childhood Higher Education Resources Online website (HERO), a project of the Early Childhood Center of Professional Development (formerly Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood), with funding from the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge, Governor's Office of Early Childhood and the Illinois State Board of Education. Funding for HERO was provided in response to requests from higher education faculty of two and four year Early Childhood teacher preparation programs for a site where they could connect with and learn from their peers around the state. Surveys and focus groups with faculty indicated the need for a website to post and find the latest research and best practices and discuss innovative ideas. Specific content areas were recommended to help support pre-service students, including linguistic and cultural diversity, early math, child assessment and more.

HERO is here for you, with member submitted resources and discussions meant to support you in your work preparing early childhood educators!

 2017 Gateways Higher Education Forum
April 20 - 21, 2017
Watch 2017 sessions on YouTube