Illinois

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

Providers interested in finding out more about the Illinois Quality Counts Quality Rating System (QRS) could participate in a free QRS orientation offered by their local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agency or available online. The orientation covered eligibility requirements, the application process, and available supports and resources. Potential applicants had to attend this session prior to submitting an application. Training on assessment scales was also required prior to application. Training on the Environment Rating Scales was required prior to application at any star level. Business Administration Scale (BAS) training was required if applying for star level 3 or 4. Both trainings were offered by the local CCR&R agency at a cost of $15 per 3- to 4-hour session.

Prior to application to ExceleRate Illinois, licensed child care centers needed to complete the free 2-hour ExceleRate Illinois Orientation in addition to other training depending on the Circle of Quality they chose to prepare for and achieve. The orientation covered ExceleRate Illinois cross-sector standards, eligibility requirements, the application process, and available supports and resources. All licensed centers were recognized at the Licensed Circle of Quality, the system’s foundational level of quality. The Bronze Circle of Quality focused on training around quality practices. The Silver and Gold Circles of Quality focused on continuous quality improvement and assessment of quality.