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.

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.


For training opportunities and online registration, use the "Training" tab in the horizontal menu above.


Click here for the most frequently asked questions.

Early Childhood Inclusion Brochure

Click here to download the brochure.