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ExceleRate Illinois


Making Quality a Priority

As an early learning and development program, you appreciate the importance of making quality a priority.  Research has confirmed that the way we engage with children from birth through kindergarten significantly impacts school readiness and success throughout their lives. 

ExceleRate™ Illinois gives you the framework you need to make continuous quality improvements in your programs and to be recognized for your quality achievements.  ExceleRate™ Illinois is for early learning and development programs, including:

Licensed Child Care Centers
Head Start/Early Head Start Programs
Preschool for All and Center-Base Prevention Initiative Programs
Licensed Family/Group Child Care Homes

ExceleRate™ Illinois uses a consistent set of standards, organized into four domains:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Leadership and Management
  • Qualifications and Continuing Education

Programs achieve a Circle of Quality based on standards under each of the four domains:

Licensed Circle of Quality reflects compliance with licensing standards
Bronze Circle of Quality reflects your efforts around training and education
Silver Circle of Quality signals that you’ve completed a rigorous self-assessment process and made the improvements indicated
Gold Circle of Quality acknowledges your improvement efforts as verified by an independent assessor

Once you have achieved a Gold Circle of Quality you can then work toward one of several Awards of Excellence.  These are based on what research says is required to help at-risk children be prepared for success in school and later life, and includes awards for:

  • Preschool Instruction
  • Infant-Toddler Care and Education
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Inclusion of Children With Special Needs
  • Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Practice

For more information about ExceleRate™ Illinois contact one of our Quality Specialists or go to the  web site.