The assessment path for licensed child care centers and licensed family child care providers is reopening for NEW applicants. INCCRRA will begin accepting applications AFTER March 1, 2022

Licensed Child Care Centers, please review the Child Care Standards Overview (341 KB) .

Licensed Family Child providers, please review the Family Child Care Standards Overview (706 KB)

New programs interested in applying to ExceleRate via the assessment path must complete the revised applicable ExceleRate Orientation for Licensed Child Care Centers (revised December 2021) or Licensed Family Child Care providers (revised January 2022) available online at

Please use the checklists available to help you prepare for application and assessment. 

To apply to ExceleRate Illinois complete the Licensed Child Care Center Application and appropriate supplement based on the Circle of Quality and path you choose. View the video below for detailed instructions.

Licensed Child Care Center Application (394 KB) – All licensed programs must complete this application and the appropriate supplement below.

Bronze Circle of Quality - No supplement is needed for the Bronze Circle of Quality, complete and mail the Licensed Child Care Center Application only.

Silver Circle of Quality

Gold Circle of Quality


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