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Quality Child Care Matters

ExceleRate Illinois exists to ensure that your family has access to high-quality childcare programs. Through a statewide quality improvement and recognition program, early learning providers are encouraged to continually make quality a priority every day.

ExceleRate Illinois recognizes early learning programs/providers through the following Circles of Quality, which you can learn more about by clicking on their website here:

Gold Circle of Quality: Gold Circle programs have met the highest quality standards in three areas: learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and training & education.  Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.

Silver Circle of Quality: Silver Circle programs meet or go beyond quality standards in three areas: learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and training & education. Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.

Bronze Circle of Quality: Bronze Circle program has completed ExceleRate Illinois trainings, has met qualifications, and is engaged in continuous quality improvement.   

Licensed Childcare: program meets state licensing standards of quality.

Find high-quality local programs in your neighborhood here and learn more so you can feel good about your child's care.