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Quality Counts: Quality Rating System (QRS) for Family Child Care

Quality Rating System (QRS) assists Illinois family child care programs in providing quality care for children and their families. This initiative is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS ). This voluntary System is available to License-Exempt Family Child Care Providers and Licensed Family/Group Home Child Care Providers.

QRS offers progressive star levels for licensed providers and training tier levels for licensed exempt providers. Specific quality criteria must be met to achieve each level. When a child care provider has met the required criteria for a level, they will be recognized for their achievement and will receive an additional 5% to 20% above the usual Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) rate for your area.

Interested providers can attend a QRS Orientation offered by 4-C. Attendance at a QRS Orientation is required for any provider who applies. Please check the 4-C Training Calendar for training times, and locations. For more information or for a QRS application please go to theQuality Counts website at www.ilqualitycounts.com.

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4-C Quality Specialist assist programs by providing:

  • general information about the application processes and eligibility criteria
  • onsite visits and consultation with child care programs
  • information about available funds, resources and trainings

For more information contact:

Family Child Care Providers:
815-758-8149 or 800-848-8727 x296

Center Providers:
815-758-8149 or 800-848-8727 x223

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Early learning and development programs play a pivotal role in giving our state's youngest children the best start in life. Now there's a new system in Illinois that can help make quality a top priority. ExceleRate Illinois helps programs prepare children for success in school and in life.

ExceleRate is a comprehensive system that will include, licensed child care centers, Preschool for All programs, Head Start programs, and licensed family child care homes. The state of Illinois is launching this program in small steps. Visit the following website for a current status on this new exciting system. www.excelerateillinois.com

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