In April 2016, Educare West DuPage received the Gold Circle of Quality. In October 2016, received the Award of Excellence for Family and Community Engagement, and then for Preschool Teaching and Learning. In February 2017 Educare West DuPage received the Award of Excellence for Infant and Toddler Services.
We are happy to announce that Educare West DuPage has once again (August 2019) achieved the Gold Circle of Quality through ExceleRate Illinois--the state's quality recognition and improvement system for early learning and development programs. The Gold Circle of Quality shows that Educare West DuPage has gone the extra mile to make sure all students receive an enhanced learning and care experience. Educare West DuPage is the only school in Illinois to achieve a 3rd Award of Excellence! Thank you for your support that has made this possible for our staff, family, children and community!
EDUCARE OF WEST DUPAGE RECEIVES EXCELERATE ILLINOIS GOLD CIRCLE OF QUALITY DESIGNATION Shows Continuous Quality Improvement Commitment to Children in West Chicago
Chicago, Illinois - August 5, 2019 - Educare of West DuPage received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state's new quality recognition and improvement system for early learning and development providers.
"Every early learning and development provider who participates in ExceleRate Illinois makes quality a priority," said Cynthia L. Tate PhD, Executive Director, Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development. "The higher the designation, the higher the program's demonstrated quality and comprehensiveness in meeting children's early learning needs," she said.
"We are proud to receive the Gold Circle of Quality," said Marcela Sweeney, Educare of West DuPage. "Providing quality in early learning and development will help our children in West Chicago be better prepared for success in school and in life."
ExceleRate Illinois helps families make more informed choices about their children's early learning. It establishes standards to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. Additionally, it provides a framework for early learning and development professionals to identify opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills.
Research in science and brain development shows that children who are more meaningfully engaged in early learning experiences from infancy through the first five years of life are more likely to be successful in school and in life. With the right engagement, children can form a healthy foundation of neural pathways in the brain, which impact their ability to think, react, process and grow.
ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes Licensed Child Care Centers, Licensed Family Child Care, Preschool for All and Center-Based Prevention Initiative Programs, Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.
ExceleRate Illinois is administered through INCCRRA 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.