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  1. Article number 1 - Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge: The Illinois Story
  2. Article number 2 - Data, Research, and Evaluation Research Agenda
  3. Article number 3 - Illinois Wins $80 Million Federal Investment in Early Childhood Education
  4. Article number 4 - Early Childhood Block Grant Recompetition Webinar
  5. Article number 5 - Introducing ExceleRate Illinois, the State's New Quality Rating and Improvement System
  • Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge: The Illinois Story

    With the help of time-limited funding from the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC), Illinois was able to build on its legacy as a leader in early learning and lay a foundation that will allow our vision for children to flourish, by:

    ▪Creating a more seamless early childhood system, aligning government agencies, public-private partnerships and local coalitions, and data systems to better serve children and families;

    ▪Supporting the use of evidence-based strategies like the quality recognition and improvement systemto foster continuous improvement;

    ▪Providing stronger education and professional development for the early learning workforce; and

    Reaching more families and children with complex needs so that all children have a bright start in life.

  •  Data, Research, and Evaluation Research Agenda

    Data, Research, and Evaluation Research Agenda

    The Illinois Early Learning Council research agenda seeks to articulate research needs for policy and practice in our state that will inform the early childhood community. The research agenda is a dynamic, living document meant to be updated and revised periodically. Accordingly, the DRE welcomes suggestions for additional research questions, or additional prioritized research questions. Suggestions for consideration can be submitted electronically to the DRE staffer.

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    Illinois Wins $80 Million Federal Investment in Early Childhood Education

    Illinois is one of thirteen states to receive the federal Preschool Expansion Grant, totaling $80M of investment in early learning over the next four years. The funds will enable the state to increase the number of high quality pre-k slots by more than 3,000 across the state. Learn more about Illinois’ plan.

  •  Early Childhood Block Grant Recompetition Webinar

    Early Childhood Block Grant Recompetition Webinar

    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development held a webinar on May 10, 2016 to present plans for the FY 2018 re-competition of the Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG). During this webinar, ISBE discussed the ECBG re-competition planning process and the recommendations for redesign that have been made to date through broad stakeholder input from the Early Learning Council. You can find the webinar recording here!

  •  Introducing ExceleRate Illinois!

    Introducing ExceleRate Illinois, the State's New Quality Rating and Improvement System

    This Quality Rating and Improvement System provides a process for pursuing quality efforts that will help providers and improve developmental skills among the children they serve. ExceleRate Illinois also provides standards, guidelines, resources and supports to help create better quality outcomes.

    Most importantly, the program helps accelerate excellence in early learning and development in the State of Illinois.

    Learn more about ExceleRate Illinois! Provider Website Parent Website

    Watch an introductory video here!

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