Research and demonstration projects being conducted in the State relating to infants and toddlers with disabilities.

AIM To Be Ahead Grant
An Interdisciplinary Model To Offer Babies Early Auditory Habilitation, Education, and Development
Illinois State University
College of Education
Campus Box 5300
Normal, Il 61790-5300
(309) 438-5415
This one-year, five-course sequence of study is aimed at increasing the number of personnel qualified to provide early intervention for Illinois children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Upon completion, candidates will have earned a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Listening and Spoken Language Professional graduate certificate from Illinois State University as well as having completed the necessary core knowledge competency areas needed to apply for the early intervention credential in Illinois.

Autism Spectrum Institute
Illinois State University
Uptown Crossing – Suite A, Normal, IL 61761
(309) 438-5291
The Autism Spectrum Institute provides support to preservice and practicing professionals as well as parents, families, and youth with autism spectrum disorders. Through practical, “hands-on” outcome-based instruction, the institute teaches speech language, special education, and educational psychology professionals the skills they need to meet the needs of individuals with autism spectrum and related behavioral disorders (ASD).

Mary and Jean Borg Center for Reading and Literacy
Illinois State University
DeGarmo Hall 310, Normal, IL 61790
(309) 438-5433
The Center for Reading and Literacy is a forum developed by the faculty of Illinois State University. It shares literacy research and collaborates with those on campus, the community, other schools, and all Illinois residents. Research topics include children’s literature, reading difficulties, English language learning/bilingual literacies, and assessment. The Center for Reading and Literacy also provides consulting services for parents and children as well.

Early Mathematics Education Project
Erikson Institute
451 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-2250
The Early Mathematics Education Project was founded to develop teachers who know how to recognize foundational mathematical thinking —even in the scribbles of a preschoolers—and build upon it. The project studies how foundational mathematics knowledge develops among young children as well as what math teaching practices are most effective and what professional development practices are most effective in helping teachers improve their math teaching.

McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
National Louis University
6200 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, IL 60090
(800) 443-5522, ext. 5233
The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership consists of different studies and findings conducted by the center ’s faculty. There are multiple research studies on various topics, and the purpose of these studies is to build and enhance knowledge on important workforce and professional developmental issues within early childhood and education. Through this research, it hopes to provide data to policy makers and those involved in early childhood to make informed decisions about early childhood policies and practices.

PCRP Project
Preparing Culturally Responsive Early Intervention & Early Childhood Special Education Personnel
University of Illinois
College of Education
Department of Special Education
288 Education Building
1310 S. 6th St
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-0260
The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a federal grant (PCRP Project) to fund students interested in earning a master’s degree, with an emphasis on working with young children, ages birth to six, with disabilities and their families. The focus of this master’s degree program is to prepare personnel who have expertise in young children’s social-emotional development as a foundation for providing culturally responsive and evidence-based services. This is a 2 year full-time master’s program on the Champaign-Urbana campus.

Research and Demonstration Projects