The health and safety of child care program staff, children in care and assessment staff are of the utmost importance during this pandemic. With that in mind, due to COVID-19, on-site program assessments are suspended for the remainder of the year.

Working towards a Silver or Gold Circle of Quality through the assessment path?  A Quality and/or Infant Toddler Specialist at your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency is available to provide virtual technical assistance and consultation in order to assist you. To find your Local Child Care Resource and Referral Service click here.

Please continue to check here for updates of when assessment path applications will be accepted again.


To apply to ExceleRate Illinois you must complete the Licensed Family Child Care and Group Home Application and appropriate Supplement based on the Circle of Quality you choose.

If your program will have an onsite assessment, please read this important information (329 KB) .

 

Licensed Family Child Care and Group Home Application (433 KB)
Licensed Family Child Care and Group Home Application - Spanish (352 KB)
All licensed family child care and group home 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 Family Child Care and Group Home Application only.


Silver Circle of Quality

Any Family Child Care/Group Home Provider in a Family Child Care Network will need to fill out the Network Supplement (251 KB)  in addition to the Circle of Quality Supplement application.


Gold Circle of Quality

  • Gold Circle of Quality Assessment Path Supplement - This path is currently unavailable
  • Gold Circle of Quality Assessment Path Supplement - Spanish - This path is currently unavailable
  • Gold Circle of Quality NAFCC Accreditation Path Supplement - This path is currently unavailable

Any Family Child Care/Group Home Provider in a Family Child Care Network will need to fill out the Network Supplement (251 KB)  in addition to the Circle of Quality Supplement application.

An appeal process has been established for programs found ineligible at the Gold Circle of Quality.

 

 

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