LeRoy CUSD #2 Preschool Gold Standard

Panther Families,

We are extremely proud to share news from the Illinois State Board of Education that LeRoy Elementary School’s Preschool For All Program has achieved the Gold Circle of Quality for the 2022-23 school year based on their monitoring results and site visit.  LES will receive a certificate recognizing their Gold Status from the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies.  This Gold Status recognition is the highest performance level given by ISBE for Pre-K programming.  

Evaluation of Illinois’ Preschool For All Programs is completed with ExceleRate Illinois as their quality recognition and improvement system for early learning and development programs.  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 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 the recognition of multiple forms of evidence to meet the universal standards.  Evidence is obtained through the monitoring visits conducted through National Louis University’s contract with ISBE.  During these monitoring visits, assessors collect evidence using the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Third Edition (ECERS-3) and the ISBE Compliance Checklist.  Each program site is awarded an ExceleRate Circle of Quality based on its Compliance and ECERS-3 scores. 

To learn more about the ExceleRate Illinois, including the specific requirements for each Circle of Quality, visit www.excelerateillinoisproviders.com.  

Thank you for your family support of Preschool education at LeRoy Schools.  Congratulations to LeRoy Elementary School, Pre-K staff, and Pre-K support services!

Jeff Baughman