STAR NET Services


WORKSHOPS and WEBINARS on a variety of early childhood special education topics that align with the DEC Recommended Practices and IELDS are scheduled based on requests/needs assessments and provide continuing education credit (Educator Licensure Hours, CDA, CE, Gateways to Opportunity).

APPLES VIDEO is an ongoing inservice video series on hot topics in early childhood that can be viewed individually or with a team. Be sure to check the information icon on videos for supplemental information. Programs can be viewed on the Regions I and III YouTube Page.

PODCASTS provide information on a range of topics, some of which supplement the content of another training. Podcasts can be viewed online or downloaded.

CONSULTATION with STAR NET staff can provide support on early childhood related issues and program concerns. Check out the Request Services page to view a list of consultation services offered to submit a request.

ON-DEMAND learning provides information on a variety of topics of interest to access at a time that is convenient for you. Some On Demand learning opportunities offer continuing education hours. Check out the On-Demand item in the main menu to see current options.

Resource Library

STAR NET’s Resource Library loans early childhood professionals and families a carefully chosen selection of books, videos, DVDs, and kits. Browse titles (and request materials) online  opens in a new windowhere.

Fellowship Funding

STAR NET FELLOWSHIPS provide reimbursement funds to individuals so they may attend inservice opportunities in Illinois. Family members of a child with disabilities who is enrolled in or will transition to early childhood special education services and professionals who provide early childhood special education services are eligible to apply. Funds may be used for workshop registration, travel, substitute teachers, and child care.

Family Support

STAR NET offers Family Fellowships, conferences, and training promoting family-centered perspectives. Family Resource Specialists, who are parents of children with special needs, are available to provide training, information, and support to families and providers. STAR NET’s Annual Family Conference, which is normally held in March or April, is a popular source for family resources and inspiration.

News and Reviews

Through our website, STAR NET provides timely early childhood information that may be of interest to providers or families. Our Resource Specialists also review children’s booksprofessional booksapps for young children and website reviews.


STAR NET values collaborative partnerships. We are always looking for programs and agencies to partner with to provide training sites or to share costs of presenter fees. STAR NET team members serve on various local committees to be a voice for high quality inclusion and special education services to improve outcomes for children. Regions I and III is also advised by a Focus Group which includes a diverse representation of early childhood stakeholders.