The Round Lake Area Park District Child Development Center is licensed by the DCFS, has received the Gold Circle of Quality from ExceleRate Illinois, and is NAEYC accredited. 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 https://www.illinois.gov/dcfs.
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
Accredited means that the child care provider has met higher quality standards, usually set by a national organization, beyond those established by DCFS. They provide a safe and healthy environment for children, have teachers who are well-trained, have access to excellent teaching materials, and work with a curriculum that is appropriately challenging and developmentally sound.
The Child Development is proud to have met NAEYC accreditation standards, and recognizes how high-quality child care will prepare children for success in school and in life. Here's a bit more about NAEYC:
NAEYC Accreditation is a four-step process that involves self-reflection and quality improvement in order to meet and maintaining accreditation over a five-year period. Directors, teachers, and families all participate in the process. Programs are required to meet standards grouped into 10 areas: relationships with children, curriculum, teaching approaches, child assessment, nutrition and health, staff qualifications, relationship with children's families, relationship with the community, physical environment, and program leadership and management.