Welcome to STAR NET

The Mission of STAR NET


Illinois STAR NET provides 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 children with special needs. STAR NET supports family-centered, researched and effective practices in early childhood education and care.

This website is established in order to provide accessible online resources to anyone who may need it. If there are resources or events you would like us to post, please feel free to contact us at starnet@wiu.edu. Thank you for visiting.

STAR NET Podcasts and Vodcasts!

Are you someone who enjoys listening and learning from podcasts? We now have podcasts that can be accessed on most podcast apps! You can find them by searching for STAR NET Regions I&III Podcast or use the links provided on our Buzzsprout page. Our vodcasts (podcasts with video) are on our YouTube channel. We would love for you to subscribe, rate, and share as we all build our virtual professional learning communities. For links, visit Podcasts / Vodcasts.

Children's Book Reviews

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All Because You Matter

Published on May 6, 2021

Author: Tami Charles Illustrator: Bryan Collier What an amazing book to discuss the racial injustices…

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Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

Published on May 6, 2021

Author: Kat Zhang Illustrator: Charlene Chua Amy is a confident little girl that can do…

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My Rainbow

Published on May 6, 2021

Authors: DeShanna Neal and Trinity Neal Illustrator: Art Twink This is a story of love,…

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Professional Book Reviews

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Oh Boy! Strategies for Teaching Boys in Early Childhood

Published on April 6, 2021

By Francis Wardle In the nine chapters of Oh Boy!, Wardle addresses the why and…

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Published on March 10, 2021

By Mary Hynes-Berry & Laura Grandau This teacher-friendly book provides five chapters pertaining to math…

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Trauma & Young Children: Teaching Strategies to Support & Empower

Published on February 1, 2021

By Sarah Erdman & Laura J. Colker, with Elizabeth C Winter The 2020 NAEYC publication of…

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