As an early learning and development program, you play a pivotal role in giving our state’s youngest children the best start in life.  Now there’s a new system in Illinois that can help you make quality your top priority:

ExceleRate Illinois helps you prepare children for success in school and in life. 

This quality rating and improvement system gives you a process for pursuing quality efforts that will help you learn more, do better and improve developmental skills among the children you impact.  ExceleRate Illinois also provides standards, guidelines, resources and supports to help you make sensible changes that lead to better quality outcomes.

Most importantly, the program helps you accelerate excellence in early learning and development in the State of Illinois.

ExceleRate is a comprehensive system that includes:

  • Licensed Child Care Centers
  • Licensed Family/Group Child Care Home
  • School Based Preschool Programs
  • Head Start/Early Head Start Programs



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