The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD) was established to facilitate cross system collaboration to advance a more unified early childhood system which ensures high quality care and education for children birth to age 5. Learn more about OECD here!
Governor Pat Quinn visits Dennis Early Childhood Center in Rockford and Chicago’s Richard Edwards Center for Young Learners to discuss his Birth to Five Initiative, the cornerstone of his five-year blueprint for jobs and economic growth. The Governor’s Birth to Five Initiative will focus on three keys to a healthy child: universal prenatal care; access to early care and learning opportunities for every child; and strong parent support.
This Quality Rating and Improvement System provides a process for pursuing quality efforts that will help providers and improve developmental skills among the children they serve. ExceleRate Illinois also provides standards, guidelines, resources and supports to help create better quality outcomes.
Most importantly, the program helps accelerate excellence in early learning and development in the State of Illinois.
Learn more about ExceleRate Illinois here!
Awards of Excellence have been developed for early childhood programs which have achieved the Gold Circle of Quality in ExceleRate Illinois. These awards are based on what research says is required to help at-risk children be prepared for success in school and in life. Awards of Excellence recognize programs that demonstrate exemplary practice in Preschool Instruction, Infant-Toddler Care and Education, Family and Community Engagement, Inclusion of Children with Special Needs, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Practice.
Standards and evidence for each of the Awards of Excellence are posted here.
Request for Application Forms can be found here.
Questions and Answers on Pre-school Instructional Excellence can be found here.
The EHS-CCP is a new competitive grant opportunity to support the partnering of Early Head Start programs with child care providers. Our goal in Illinois is to receive $30 million in EHS-CCP funding. The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development will keep this webpage updated with resources to help programs plan for the competition.
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