Educare of West DuPage Recieves Excelerate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality Designation


Shows Continuous Quality Improvement Commitment to Children in West Chicago

West Chicago, Illinois - April 26, 2016 - 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 Gail Nelson, QRIS Policy 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.

For more information or to find a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency in your area, visit: www.ExceleRateIllinois.com.

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.

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