ExceleRate Illinois | Preparing Children for Success
ExceleRate Illinois recognizes early learning providers who make quality a priority.
- ExceleRate™ Illinois is a statewide quality rating and improvement system designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning providers. The program establishes standards for helping infants, toddlers and preschool age children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. It provides a framework for early learning professionals to identify opportunities for improvement, increase their skills and take steps to make positive changes.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
ExceleRate Illinois also recognizes early learning providers for their ongoing efforts to improve the quality of their care by awarding
Circles of Quality designations:
The Licensed Circle of Quality tells you that the program meets DCFS licensing standards for quality. It is the foundation for quality.
The Bronze Circle of Quality recognizes the qualifications of program staff. It tells you that the program’s teachers and administrators have completed ExceleRate Illinois trainings, have met staff qualifications and are engaged in continuous quality improvement.
The Silver Circle of Quality recognizes that the program has met quality goals. Silver Circle programs meet or go beyond quality standards in three areas: learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and staff training and education. Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.
The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs that meet or go beyond the highest quality goals. Gold Circle programs have met the highest quality standards in three areas: learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and staff training and education. Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.
Learn more at www.excelerateillinois.com.
Every early learning provider who participates in ExceleRate Illinois makes quality a priority. But the higher the awarded designation, the more each provider makes meaningful improvements to their program that better prepare children for school and life.