What is ExceleRate:

ExceleRate Illinois is a statewide quality rating 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. “

Who can participate?

All Licensed Centers, Licensed Preschools, and Licensed Family Child Care Providers can participate.

How can we help you with ExceleRate?

At the YWCA we have an array of consultants at your disposal.

Quality Specialist: Rachel Feigel & Kristian Boyle are able to assist providers through ExceleRate.

Rachel Feigel:

815.484.9448 ext. 224

[email protected]

Kristian Boyle:

815.484.9448 ext. 208

[email protected]

 

Nurse Consultant: LuAnn Ostrander can provide health and safety consultations.

LuAnn Ostrander:

815.484.9448 ext. 227

[email protected]

 

Infant Toddler Specialist: Heather Gordon is an experienced child care professional who can assist with questions and concerns concerning children birth-three.

Heather Gordon:

815.484.9448 ext.228

[email protected]

 

Mental Health Consultant: Mary Kelley offers support services in the area of social, emotional and behavioral needs of children.

Mary Kelley:

(815) 289-2605 (cell)

(815) 986-1947 (YSN office)

[email protected]

 

Incentives:

Licensed Child Care Centers

Quality Improvement Funds Local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agencies offer funds to support continued quality improvement for child care programs.  Quality Improvement Funds are designed to assist child care programs to improve program quality and achieve or advance an ExceleRate Illinois Circle of Quality.  Funds are provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). For more information on Quality Improvement Funds contact your local CCR&R.

Family and Community Recognition Once a program is found eligible for a Circle of Quality many tools and resources are made available to help you promote this higher level of Quality to families and your community. From a personalized press release to, logos that are available for letterhead and parent handouts, you can let families know about your achievement.

Child Care Assistance Program Add-on Licensed centers who care for children on the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and achieve the Silver or Gold Circle of Quality, can receive a quality add-on to the CCAP reimbursement rate for the CCAP children in their program.  For licensed programs awarded the Silver Circle of Quality a 10% CCAP quality add-on is applied and for Gold Circle of Quality programs a 15% CCAP quality add-on is awarded.

Licensed Family Child Care

One-time Bonus and Quality Add-on Programs at three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) may receive a one-time bonus payment after their eligibility for a Circle of Quality designation is established.

In addition, programs who care for children on the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and achieve the Silver or Gold Circle of Quality can receive a quality add-on to the CCAP reimbursement rate for the CCAP children in their program.

Quality Improvement Funds Local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agencies offer funds to support continued quality improvement for child care programs. Quality Improvement Funds are designed to assist child care programs to improve program quality and achieve or advance an ExceleRate Illinois Circle of Quality. Funds are provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). For more information on Quality Improvement Funds contact your local CCR&R.

 

Professional Development Funds:

Based on available funding, YWCA Child Care Solutions offers funds for professional development. Eligible applicants include individuals employed by center based programs and family home programs, including child care center directors, early childhood teachers/assistant teachers, school-age teachers/assistant teachers, family home providers and their assistants, who currently provide care as defined by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) and are listed on the YWCA Child Care Solutions database. More information available here.