The Illinois State Board of Education recognized Champaign Early Childhood Center (CECC) with the Circle of Quality achievement based on their ExceleRate Illinois rating. CECC has achieved the Gold Circle of Quality.
ExceleRate Illinois is anchored by a set of standards that focus on early learning and development and places a high priority on instructional excellence, family services, staff qualifications, professional development, and program administration. Central to its design is the recognition of multiple forms of evidence to meet the universal standards. Evidence is obtained through the monitoring visits conducted through National Louis University’s contract with the Illinois State Board of Education. During these monitoring visits, assessors collect evidence using the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Third Edition (ECERS-3) and the ISBE Compliance Checklist. Each program site is awarded an ExceleRate Circle of Quality based on its Compliance and ECERS-3 scores.
ExceleRate Illinois uses a consistent set of standards organized into four domains:
- Teaching and Learning
- Family and Community Engagement
- Leadership and Management
- Qualifications and Continuing Education
- Programs achieve one of the Circles of Quality below based on meeting standards under each of the four domains.
To learn more about ExceleRate Illinois, including the specific requirements for each Circle of Quality, visit www.excelerateillinoisproviders.com. To learn more about CECC, visit https://cecc.champaignschools.org/o/cecc.