University of Illinois Urbana‑Champaign

ExceleRate: Licensed Child Care Centers in the ExceleRate Program

About the data

Latest data: FY2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)

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: ExceleRate Illinois

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

Data available on IECAM

Total number of sites

The number of child care centers licensed by DCFS in a geographic area (e.g., 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.

Notes:

  • The centers included are those whose regulation status is “regulated/licensed” and whose center type is “Child Care Center,” “CCC Park/Recreation only,” or “Preschool."
  • Sites that are Head Start-only or Preschool for All-only are not included in these data.
  • Centers that served no children and centers that served “summer only” were not counted in the number of sites.

Number of sites with ExceleRate ratings

The number of licensed child care centers 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, state House district, state Senate district, congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP Code ZCTA, ZIP Code postal, unit and elementary school district, and Chicago Community Area.