What is ExceleRate Illinois?

ExceleRate Illinois recognizes early learning providers who make quality a priority.

ExceleRate Illinois is a statewide quality recognition 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 also recognizes early learning providers for their ongoing efforts to improve the quality of their care by awarding Circle of Quality designations:

The Licensed Circle of Quality tells you that the program meets state 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 has completed ExceleRate Illinois trainings, have met 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 training & 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 training & education.  Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.  

The Provisional Silver Circle of Quality recognizes programs that are currently moving towards full alignment in the Silver Circle of Quality. This includes programs that earned a rating in Quality Counts (the past Quality Rating System in Illinois) and are in line with the Silver Circle of Quality.  It also applies to programs that have a provisional recognition because they are accredited. 

The Provisional Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs that are currently moving towards full alignment in the Gold Circle of Quality. This includes programs that earned a rating in Quality Counts (the past Quality Rating System in Illinois) and are in line with the Gold Circle of Quality. It also applies to programs that received a provisional recognition because of their accreditation.  

 

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.