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Quality Rating System

(QRS) is a framework that guides child care programs in providing quality care for children and their families. A provider's participation in QRS means they have taken extra steps to make sure children are receiving an enhanced learning and care experience. Quality care can help children succeed in school and in life. A QRS Award recognizes a provider for meeting specific indicators of quality.

QRS offers levels which providers can achieve depending on the type of care they provide. Specific quality criteria must be met to achieve a level. Once a child care provider has met the required criteria for a level, they are awarded a QRS certificate. Providers caring for children eligible for the IDHS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) also receive a quality bonus above the standard payment rate.

Participation in the QRS is voluntary. QRS awards are available for license-exempt family home providers, licensed family and licensed family group home providers, licensed centers and licensed school-age programs. License-exempt Centers need to become licensed to participate in the QRS. CCR&R can provide programs with information about licensing. Click here for are list of southern Illinois programs who currently have a QRS star rating.

Southern Illinois QRS programs

A QRS Specialist and On-site Program Consultants are available to answer questions about QRS and help you in your efforts to improve the quality of your program.

As an early learning and development program, you play a pivotal role in giving our state’s youngest children the best start in life. Now there’s a new system in Illinois that can help you make quality your top priority. ExceleRate Illinois helps you prepare children for success in school and in life.

ExceleRate is a comprehensive system that will include, licensed child care centers, Preschool for All programs, Head Start programs, and licensed family child care homes. The state of Illinois is launching this program in small steps. Visit for a current status on this new exciting system.

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Currently 1/3 of all licensed child care centers listed on the John A. Logan CCR&R referral database have a QRS Rating! We'd like to add your name to the list!