Review the information below to help you prepare for your application to ExceleRate Illinois through the Licensed Family Child Care (FCC) pathway. 

  •  All IDCFS licensed family child care programs are recognized at the ExceleRate Licensed Circle of Quality, which indicates the program holds a valid and current IDCFS issued license. No application is needed for the Licensed Circle of Quality.  
  • Programs must prepare for and apply to ExceleRate Illinois to be considered for a Circle of Quality above the Licensed Circle of Quality and must be IDCFS licensed for a minimum of one full year. 
  • Programs must work with their licensing representative to clear substantiated violations prior to application. Programs may verify violations by going to the IDCFS Sunshine (Illinois Daycare License search) website or calling the IDCFS information line at 1 (877) 746-0829.

 

The Licensed Family Child Care ExceleRate Illinois Overview Chart (943 KB) is now available.  FCC providers are now able to apply for a Circle of Quality above Licensed.

All FCC providers who are interested in applying for a Circle of Quality will be required to take the Licensed Family Child Care ExceleRate Orientation.

More information and resources will be coming soon, make sure to check back here often.

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