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.

12th Annual Statewide Family Conference

STARnet Regions I & III is collaborating with the Illinois Family Leader Collaboration for the 12th Annual Statewide Family Conference. The conference will be held in Peoria, Illinois on Saturday, April 7th from 9:00-3:00pm. This year, our featured speakers are “The Shut Up Sisters”, Gina Gallagher and Patricia Terrasi, co-authors of the best-selling parenting book Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, A Survival guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children. Gina & Patricia will speak about the frustrations, stigmas, joys, and challenges they face as parents of children with disabilities. Participants will learn how laughter can be a powerful coping technique; how to deal with insensitive people; how to get your children the services and the support they need; as well as how to see the joys and gifts in raising children with special needs. Download the brochure here.


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.ecire.org.

Starnet FAQs

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Early Childhood Inclusion Brochure

Click here to download the brochure.