Silver Circle of Quality

Hillside Montessori School is excited to have achieved a Silver Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state's new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.  

"Every early learning and development provider who participates in ExceleRate Illinois makes quality a priority," said Theresa Hawley, executive director, Governor's Office of Early childhood Development.  "The higher the designation, the higher the program's demostrated quality and comprehensiveness in meeting children's early learning needs." she said. 

ExceleRate Illinois establishes standards to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.  Additionally, it provides a framework for early learning and development professionals to identify opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills. 

Research in science and brain development shows that children who are meaningfully engaged in early learning experiences from infancy through the first five years of life are more likely to be successful in school and in life.  With the right engagement, children can form a healthy foundation of neural pathways in the brain, which impact their ability to think, react, process and grow. 

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