The Round Lake Area Park District Child Development Center is licensed by the DCFS and has received the Gold Circle of Quality from ExceleRate Illinois. Why is that important? You want to make sure you choose the right program for your child, but figuring out which programs offer the quality you seek can be confusing.


Licensing means the child care facility meets the minimum standards required by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for a child care program to be open. These requirements include minimal standards for health and safety, ratios, group size and more. To get more information about DCFS licensing standards for child care centers, please visit


DCFS also works in conjunction with Excelerate Illinois to raise the quality of early childhood education. Excelerate designates programs based on three Circles of Quality: Bronze, Silver or Gold. The Child Development Center is proud to announce that we have achieved Gold.

ExceleRate Illinois - The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs that meet or go beyond the highest quality goals. Gold Circle programs have met the highest quality standards in three areas: learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and training & education. Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement