Children’s Center Receives ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality Designation for Third Year

ICC Children’s Center has once again received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

This is the third year that the center has received the award, which recognizes programs demonstrating quality on 15 standards. Recipients are judged based upon factors such as the center’s learning environment, curriculum, instructional quality, inclusion of children with special needs, staff-to-child ratio, and family and community involvement, to name a few. Awardees are recognized at three levels, with the Gold Circle of Quality as the highest designation.

“We are proud to receive this award for the third year and even prouder to offer this level of quality to both the families we serve and the students we are training to be the next generation of childcare service providers,” said ICC Children’s Center Director Melanie Fleming. “All the credit goes to our phenomenal staff and their dedication to the kids and their families.”

ICC Children’s Center provides quality care for children aged 2 and toilet trained to the 6th birthday. It has been accredited as a High Quality Early Childhood Program with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 2005.

ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes licensed child care centers, Preschool for All and Center-Based Prevention Initiative Programs, Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. It helps families make more informed choices about their children’s early learning and establishes standards to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.

Childcare openings currently are available at the ICC Children’s Center. Students and staff receive a discounted rate. For more information, visit or call Melanie Fleming at (309) 694-5116.