This is an exciting time for Illinois children and families! Illinois was one of only 13 states to win the federal Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge grant. Illinois will receive $34.8 million over the next 4 years. Part of this grant opportunity called for Illinois to create a quality rating & improvement system inclusive of all early learning and development programs. Effective July 1, 2013, the State is implementing ExceleRate Illinois for licensed child care, Head Start and Preschool for All programs. Visit for more information.

You can view the entire grant Illinois submitted here on the Office of Early Childhood Development web site.

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