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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Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

Published on April 12, 2021

Author: Joanna Ho Illustrator: Dung Ho The little girl in, Eyes that Kiss in the…

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Don’t Touch My Hair!

Published on April 12, 2021

Author: Sharee Miller Aria loves her soft and bouncy hair but so does everybody else! …

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Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina

Published on April 7, 2021

Authors: Lea Lyon and Alexandria LaFaye Illustrator: Jessica Gibson In Ready to Fly: How Sylvia…

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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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Website Reviews

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