Quality Rating ExceleRate Illinois

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ExceleRate Illinois helps you find an early learning provider who makes quality a priority.

This quality rating and improvement system allows you to make quality an objective part of your early child care and education decisions. Ultimately, the system helps you feel confident your child has the best opportunity to learn and grow. 

Child care providers participating in ExceleRate Illinois must meet or exceed quality benchmarks beginning with licensing standards set by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS). The standards grow more rigorous as child care professionals advance from the Licensed Circle of Quality through the Bronze, Silver, and Gold circles.

ExceleRate Illinois allows families to search for providers in their region at every circle of quality. Click here for the ExceleRate Illinois provider search tool