JJC Early Childhood Center Receives ‘Gold Circle of Quality’ from ExceleRate Illinois

The Joliet Junior College Early Childhood Center (ECC) was recently awarded a Gold Circle of Quality, the highest designation given by the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning providers, ExceleRate Illinois.

Students at the Joliet Junior College Early Childhood Center.

ExceleRate’s system provides daycare centers with ratings based on standards for helping infants, toddlers and preschool age children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. It provides a framework for early learning and development professionals to identify opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills.

“Receiving such a high rating from ExceleRate Illinois recognizes the ECC for its wide variety of improvements and achievements,” said JJC ECC Manager Bev Cavanaugh. “Ultimately, this means that our students will reap the benefits by attending a Gold Circle school.”

Bev Cavanaugh

In addition to this accomplishment, the ECC has achieved both state and national recognition with some of the highest awards for leadership, advocacy and quality in the past three years. In 2013, Cavanaugh received an award for child advocacy from the House of Representatives, and she was also named a Children’s Champion. The ECC was awarded accreditation from the National Association for the Education of the Young Children (NAEYC) in 2013 as well.

Registration for 3-to-5-year-old children at the JJC ECC for the upcoming fall semester is now open. The ECC follows the college’s academic calendar for days of attendance, and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters.

An open house will take place for parents interested in enrolling their child for the fall on May 6 from 1 to 4 p.m.

To register, visit www.jjc.edu/early-childhood-center or contact Cavanaugh at 815-280-2780 or bcavanau@jjc.edu. For more information about ExceleRate Illinois, visit www.execelerateillinois.com.

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