ExceleRate Illinois

We are a Silver Quality Rated School in ExceleRate Illinois.   The Quality Rating System was established in Illinois to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in Early Childhood programs. When a school receives a Quality Level Award it means that the program has met defined standards, above and beyond the Department of Children and Family Services standards, and is of higher quality.  ExceleRate Illinois is a voluntary program and we participate because we care about high quality for our children in our school.   As of July 2009, we have met the Level qualifications for excellence in early childhood education and are only the few in McHenry to qualify.

The components of high-quality care and education are: 

1.  Well-educated teachers, knowledgeable about child development, Montessori Philosophy and the curriculum

2.  Caring and compassionate staff, able to provide positive interactions, connecting with the children and families, Consistent staff to ensure continuity in care

3.  Professional development of staff, continuous education and training

4.  Clear objectives and educational goals with flexibility to address children's individual strengths and needs

5.  A family focus, stressing parental involvement.  Parent nights, conferences, volunteers.

Please read the following Announcement letter from the Illinois Department of Human Services which further explains our Star Level  Award:

Shows Continuous Quality Improvement Commitment to Children in McHenry

McHenry, Illinois - March 25, 2015 - McHenry Montessori School received the 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 demonstrated quality and comprehensiveness in meeting children's early learning needs," she said.

"We are proud to receive the Silver Circle of Quality," said Lori Lanphier, McHenry Montessori School. "Providing quality in early learning and development will help our children in McHenry be better prepared for success in school and in life."

ExceleRate Illinois helps families make more informed choices about their children's early learning. It 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 more 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.

ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes Licensed Child Care Centers, Preschool for All and Center-Based Prevention Initiative Programs, Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. Licensed Family and Group Child Care Homes will be included next year.

For more information or to find a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency in your area, visit: www.ExceleRateIllinois.com.

ExceleRate Illinois is administered through INCCRRA under the joint direction of the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois State Board of Education.