QRIS State Profile

This profile is from the QRIS Compendium—a comprehensive resource for information about all of the QRIS operating in the U.S. and its Territories. It was developed by a partnership of the BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends.

QRIS Resource Guide Examples

Provider Incentives and Support

Illinois Quality Counts QRS and ExceleRate Illinois Orientations

Family child care providers , licensed and licensed exempt, interested in finding out more about the Illinois Quality Counts Quality Rating System (QRS) can participate in a free QRS Orientation offered by their local Child Care Resource & Referral  (CCR&R) agency or online. The Orientation covers eligibility requirements, application process, and supports and resources available. Potential applicants must attend this session prior to submitting an application. Training on assessment scales is also required prior to application. Training on the Environment Rating Scales is required prior to application at any Star Level. Business Administration Scale (BAS) training is required if applying for Star Level 3 or 4. Both trainings are offered by the local CCR&R agency at a cost of $15 per 3- to 4-hour session. Additional information is available at

Prior to application to ExceleRate Illinois, licensed child care centers need to complete the free 2 hour ExceleRate Illinois Orientation in addition to other training depending on the Circle of Quality they have chosen to prepare for and achieve. The orientation covers ExceleRate Illinois cross sectors standards, eligibility requirements, application process, and supports and resources available. All licensed centers are recognized at the Licensed Circle of Quality, the System’s foundational level of quality. The Bronze Circle of Quality focuses on training around quality practices. The Silver and Gold Circles of Quality focus on continuous quality improvement and assessment of quality. Additional information is available at