Welcome to STARNET

The Mission of STARNET


Illinois STARNET 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. STARNET 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.

Join us as we Celebrate 20 Years of Summer Camp!

Join us on July 25-26, 2018 as we celebrate Starnet’s 20th annual Summer Camp for Early Childhood Educators! Summer Camp is an opportunity for you to invest in your personal and professional growth as you network with colleagues, attend engaging workshops, and participate in fun activities in a relaxing camp-like atmosphere! This year’s focus will be on language and literacy for ALL children. Interactive sessions will cover storytelling, choosing quality children’s books, Sign Language, Dual Language Learners, and interactions with higher-level questioning. Please bring a copy of your favorite children’s book to share! T-shirts commemorating Starnet's 20th year of Summer Camp will be available - details about design and price will come by email about three weeks prior.

Accommodations: The relaxing Villa Maria Retreat Center (http://villa.dio.org) has a limited number of sleeping rooms. Campers will be asked to share a room, so please let us know if you have a preferred roommate. The cost for a double room is $28.25 plus tax/per person/per night. Villa rooms can be reserved for Wednesday night for those wishing to stay the night between the two days of the training. Villa rooms can also be reserved for Tuesday night for those wishing to come earlier and stay the night before camp begins - dinner would be on your own Tuesday and check-in would be from 6-9pm. For more information, please contact Mary Smith by phone at 217-602-0124 or by email at mk-smith@wiu.edu. While we prefer to have you stay on site for the entire camp experience, there are also several hotels nearby including: Holiday Inn Express (217) 529-7771, Drury Inn (217) 529-3900, and Hilton Garden Inn (217) 529-7171.

Food: Only those staying over at the Villa on Tuesday night will be provided breakfast on Wednesday morning. All registrants will be provided with lunch on Wednesday. Wednesday evening from 6-7pm, Starnet will host an optional cookout (no cost to you) on the back patio at the Villa Maria Retreat Center. Please let us know if you plan to attend this optional dinner by adding a note in the special accommodations field of your registration form or by calling (800) 227-7537. All participants will be provided with breakfast and lunch on Thursday.

Register soon by going to the training section and then click on face-to-face workshops.


For training opportunities and online registration, use the "Training" tab in the horizontal menu above. If preferred, you may also download our Events Calendar or Printable Registration Form July 2018 to January 2019.

Got Apps?

We do, and we review them. Along with book reviews our Resource Specialists select and write a review of an app every month. Just go to the "News" tab and drop down to "App Reviews", or click here.

New EE Code and ECO Apps from Early CHOICES

Applications to generate Education Environment Codes for Illinois districts and Early Childhood Outcomes Ratings have just been launched. For more information and to use the apps, visit Early CHOICES website, http://www.eclre.org.

Starnet FAQs

Click here for the most frequently asked questions.

Early Childhood Inclusion Brochure

Click here to download the brochure.