Smart Start Quality Support Program - Public


Smart Start Quality Support Program

The Smart Start Quality Support Program is an Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) program targeting support for quality improvement at center-based child care facilities. The program assists participating centers cover staffing costs associated with higher quality and guide staff in their quality improvement work. Currently, a limited number of licensed child care centers serving 40% Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) children are participating. This program derives from the ExceleRate Illinois Child Care Center Pilot. 

This program is still in development. A public version of this program will become available- no estimated date of availability is confirmed at this time.

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Excelerate Program

ExceleRate Illinois helps you prepare children for success in school and in life.

It also provides standards, guidelines, resources and supports to help you make sensible changes that lead to better quality outcomes for children.