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SIUE Head Start centers achieve Gold Circle of Quality designations

From Illinois Business Journal news services

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start Belleville, Bluffview, Cahokia and Lovejoy Centers have received Gold Circle of Quality designations from ExceleRate Illinois, a quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

lynne baileyThe Gold Circle of Quality is its most prestigious level of recognition and assesses programs’ learning environments, quality of teaching, administrative standards, staff’s educational background and continued professional development. The designation honors providers who meet or go beyond the highest quality of early childhood education standards.

“Providing and then acknowledging quality early childhood education opportunities promotes our program’s vision for all children, regardless of ZIP codes, to be prepared to succeed in school,” said G. Lynnie Bailey (left), SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Program director.

ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes licensed child care centers, Preschool-for-All and Center-Based Prevention Initiative programs, Head Start and Early Head Start programs and licensed family and group care homes.

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