Latest data: FY2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)

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.

There are four Circle of Quality designations:

  • The Licensed Circle of Quality tells you that the program meets state licensing standards for quality.
  • The Bronze Circle of Quality recognizes the qualifications of program staff.
  • The Silver Circle of Quality recognizes that the program has met quality goals.
  • The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs that meet or go beyond the highest quality goals.

Source of definition: INCCRRA Web site. ExceleRate® Illinois

For information on licensed family child care homes in general, see the separate definition pages for licensed family child care homes.

Source of definition:

Licensed Family Child Care Homes in ExceleRate Program data available on IECAM:

Total number of sites

The minimum known number of family child care homes licensed by DCFS in a geographic area (for example, state or county)

Source of data: Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA)

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, IL House district, IL Senate district, US Congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP Code ZCTA, ZIP Code postal, unit and elementary school district, and Chicago Community Area.

Note: The number reported here is the “minimum known” because not all centers report to INCCRRA.

Note: Sites that are Head Start-only or Preschool for All-only are not included in these data.

Note: Homes that served no children were not counted in the number of sites.

Note: Homes that served “summer only” were not counted in the number of sites.

Number of sites with ExceleRate ratings

The number of licensed family child care homes with licensed circle of quality and with bronze, silver, and gold ratings.

Source of data: Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA)

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, IL House district, IL Senate district, US Congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP Code ZCTA, ZIP Code postal, unit and elementary school district, and Chicago Community Area.

Note: See the section “Total number of sites” for additional general information on these sites.

Note: Child care centers serve families and children from 6 weeks old up to 13 years of age.