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First United receives the Gold Circle of Qualtiy designation

Sep 4, 2014

“Every early learning and development provider who participates in ExceleRate Illinois makes quality a priority,” said Theresa Hawley, executive director, Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development. “The higher the designation, the higher the program’s demonstrated quality and comprehensiveness in meeting children’s early learning needs,” she said.

First United is thrilled to have received the Gold Circle of Quality in recognition of the high standards we maintain and in tribute of our outstanding and experienced staff. We recognize the importance of the first five years in a child’s life, based on the research in science and brain development which shows that children who are more meaningfully engaged in early learning experiences from infancy through the first five year are more likely to be successful in school and in life. With the right engagement, children can form a healthy foundation of neural pathways in the brain, which impact their ability to think, react, process and grow.

ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes Licensed Child Care Centers, Preschool for All, Head Start, and Center-Based Prevention Initiative Programs. Licensed Family and Group Child Care Homes will be included in the system next year.

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