ROE #12 Pre-K Programs Recognized With Gold Circle of Quality Rating
Regional Superintendent of Schools Monte Newlin is pleased to announce that the Illinois State Board of Education, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Human Services have recognized the Gold Circle of Quality rating earned by two of ROE #12’s Pre-K Programs. The Regional Office of Education #12, which serves Clay, Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence, and Richland counties, operates six Pre-K programs in five locations throughout the five-county region.
ROE #12 Pre-K Programs at St. Thomas School in Newton and East Richland Elementary School in Olney have been singled-out for recognition for their consistent high quality of instruction.
The recognition is based on scoring through ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development programs that serve children from birth to age 5. ExceleRate unifies all of the state’s early learning programs under a common set of standards across multiple settings to provide families with important information about quality early learning programs in their community. It is anchored by a set of standards that focus on early learning and development and places a high priority on instructional excellence, family services, staff qualifications, professional development, and program administration. Central to its design is multiple forms of evidence to meet the universal standards. This evidence is obtained through the monitoring visits conducted through National Louis University’s contract with the Illinois State Board of Education.
Regional Superintendent Monte Newlin emphasizes the importance of Early Childhood Education. “ExceleRate Illinois promotes the fact that from the moment each baby is born, they begin a complex and critical process to make sense of the world around them. New research in science and brain development shows that how you engage with a baby from infancy through the first five years shapes a child’s ability to be successful throughout their school years and throughout their lives — and that’s why the Gold Circle of Quality rating earned by these ROE #12 Pre-K programs is so important.”
More information on all ROE #12 Pre-K Programs can be found on the Regional Services page of www.roe12.net.
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