Welcome to STAR NET

Another Amazing Opportunity!

STAR Net Regions I & III has an opening for an Early Childhood Resource Specialist. If you are interested in this exciting position, please apply as soon as possible at: http://www.wiu.edu/employment/cs_job.php?id=468

Check out the new ISBE Professional Development Calendar!

Filter by early childhood to find relevant trainings through the state. 

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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Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away

Published on June 24, 2021

Author: Meg Medina Illustrator: Sonia Sanchez This poignant children’s story features two young girls, Evelyn…

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It’s OK to be Different

Published on May 18, 2021

Author: Sharon Purtill Illustrator: Sujata Saha This is a beautiful book that comes to us…

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Jacob’s New Dress

Published on May 10, 2021

Author: Sarah and Ian Hoffman Illustrator: Chris Case The housekeeping or drama area in a…

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Professional Book Reviews

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What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

Published on June 16, 2021

By: Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D and Oprah Winfrey In What Happened to You: Conversations…

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Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy

Published on June 14, 2021

By: Gholdy Muhammad Cultivating means preparing or working on. Genius is exceptional intellectual or creative…

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Better than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management

Published on June 14, 2021

By: Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey Creating a classroom environment that focuses on…

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