- About CCR&R
- Assistance Program (CCAP)
- Family Resources
- Provider Resources
ExceleRate Illinois is the quality recognition and improvement system that gives early learning and development programs the framework to make continuous quality improvements and gain recognition for their quality achievements. It also provides standards, guidelines, best practices, benchmarks and resources that they need to support children effectively in quality settings.
ExceleRate is a comprehensive system that includes licensed childcare centers, Preschool for All programs, Head Start programs, and licensed family child care homes. It is administered through Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies under the joint direction of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois State Board of Education. To be eligible, DCFS-licensed child care programs will need to be licensed for one year and have attended an ExceleRate Illinois orientation (other eligibility may be required). Please check our training calendar for the next available ExceleRate orientation and trainings.
The Quality Specialist, Lori Rothrock is available to assist providers in this process. This may include specialized training, technical assistance in using the assessment tools, as well as other services as requested by the provider. They work closely with the consultant team which includes the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant and the Infant-Toddler Child Care Specialist.
Program Administration Scale Training
Business Administration Scale training
Gateways: ExceleRate IL trainings
Quality Improvement Funds
Based on available funding, EIU CCR&R offers funds to support continuous quality improvement for child care programs. Quality Improvement Funds are designed to assist child care programs to improve program quality and achieve/advance an ExceleRate™ Illinois Circle of Quality. Funds are provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).
QI Funds can assist child care programs with:
Higher Education Navigator
If you work or have worked in early childhood education and you are seeking additional credentials and/or a degree in early childhood education, you may be eligible for the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) Scholarship Program.
Funds cover: tuition, fees, books, childcare, transportation. Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity Scholarship (ECACE) https://www.isac.org/ECACEscholarship
For more information contact Melissa Coleman, Higher Education Navigator
Local Early Childhood Higher Education Programs
Eastern Illinois University: Early Childhood Education
Eastern Illinois University: Human Service Programs
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