About Us


STAR NET provides a variety of opportunities for professional development and learning for parents and professionals 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.

Originally named R*TAS, the system was created in 1988 to provide Regional Technical Assistance in six regions of the state. The name was changed to Illinois STAR NET in 1995 to better convey the purpose of the work as a Support and Technical Assistance Regional Network. The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning, a professional development and educational services organization, became the fiscal agent for STAR NET Region II in 1995 as well.

The STAR NET Region II geographic area includes North and West Suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry Counties.

Our funding is through a grant awarded by the Illinois State Board of Education; 100% of annual funding for the project is from federal sources. STAR NET assists the Illinois State Board of Education in meeting its local needs by providing services throughout the state via the six different STAR NET regions. Stay connected by subscribing to our mailing list.


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Client Connections

“I feel supported! I love knowing that the team at STAR NET is there to support me and to answer any questions that I have.”

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Meet our Staff

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Your STAR NET Region II Team Members

Our staff members are committed to building strong relationships with parents of young children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. STAR NET Region II has been providing high-quality training and resources to the early childhood community for over 25 years.

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Assistance on Request

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Consultation & Support

Our experienced staff is here to assist professionals and parents with a variety of resources for every stage and level of a child’s development, focusing on the early childhood years.

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