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Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS)

ExceleRate Illinois

Illinois is one of 13 states to win the federal Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge grant, Illinois has created a new Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) inclusive of all early learning and development programs. The Quality Counts QRIS name is ExceleRate Illinois. Along with the new name, ExceleRate Illinois has new requirements, information and resources for parents. The ExceleRate Illinois system is geared towards what is best for the child.

The purpose of the QRIS is to:
  • Provide a consistent definition of what constitutes high quality early childhood care and education that is applicable across a wide range of programs and settings;
  • Provide useful information to parents who are choosing among early childhood education and care programs/providers;
  • Provide pathways and support for continuous program improvement for Early Learning and Development programs/providers; and
  • Provide and accountability framework for programs receiving public funding for Early Learning and Development services.  Current QRS Highlights

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Congratulations to all the programs throughout the state that are going above and beyond!

Every child deserves the best start in life possible. To view a video on an Introduction to ExceleRate Illinois please visit for more information.

If you are child care provider in Will, Grundy, Kendall and Kankakee counties you can contact Rachel Gabriel to answer and assist with any questions you have about ExceleRate Illinois (QRIS). She is available at (815) 741-1163 Ext. 250 or at

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Child Care Resource & Referral
801 North Larkin Avenue Suite 202
Joliet, IL 60435
In Joliet:(815)741-1163 -or- TTY (815)741-1692