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Dist. 202 early childhood programs win state honor

8/26/2014, 10:53 p.m.
The district was awarded the Gold Circle of Quality award by ExeleRate Illinois.

The State of Illinois has recognized District 202's early childhood programs for their excellence with a Gold Circle of Quality award.

The recognition is based on an evaluation of the programs and services offered to children age birth through 5 years. It's given through ExeleRate Illinois, the state's new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development programs.

ExeleRate rates early childhood programs for the state based on instructional excellence, family services, staff qualifications, professional development and program administration.

The ExeleRate program is a joint initiative of the state Board of Education, the Governor's Office of Early childhood Development and the state Department of Human Services.

National Louis University officials visit and assess early childhood schools and programs to collect evidence of compliance with ExeleRate's standards.

"This is a wonderful recognition that confirms what we have known for a long time," said Mina Griffith, District 202 Assistant Superintendent for Student Services.

"We have some of the most caring, talented and dedicated teachers around working with, teaching and supporting our youngest learners, providing an excellent foundation for their future success."