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CCR&R Quality Improvement Funds (QI Funds)

Based on available funding, CCR&R, John A. Logan College, is offering funds to support continued quality improvement for child care programs. QI Funds are designed to assist child care programs that are choosing to work towards/maintain an ExceleRate™ Illinois Circle of Quality. The QI Funds are based on available funding. Funds are provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).

The Quality Improvement Funds are divided into three areas:

  1. ExceleRate Illinois Cohort
    • A Cohort is a group of individuals working towards a common goal. It not only provides an opportunity to learn and work on achieving the goal, but also provides an opportunity to develop relationships with your peers. CCR&R will offer Cohort groups for programs working to improve the quality of care, working towards/ maintaining a Silver or Gold ExceleRate™ Illinois Circle of Quality. Upon completion of the cohort requirements/expectations and the program’s self- assessment, as applicable, programs may request funds to help achieve objectives noted on the program’s Continuous Quality Improvement Plan (CQIP).
  2. Training Stipends
    • Licensed center based child care programs working towards/maintaining an ExceleRate Illinois Circle of Quality may apply for a training stipend. The stipend applies only to the required training within an ExceleRate™ Illinois Circle of Quality and is available only to the minimum staff required to attend the training.
  3. Accreditation Assistance.
    • Accreditation is a voluntary process that provides child care programs the opportunity to examine their services based on recognized standards of high quality. The Accreditation Assistance option if for child care programs that are applying for or maintaining an ExceleRate™ Illinois Silver or Gold circle of Quality.

QI Funds Applications are available here or can be requested by calling CCR&R at 1-800-548-5563. Application, activity, approval of applications for approved activities and payment of funds must occur within the same fiscal year.

Forms are unavailable at this time. Please continue to check this website frequently or contact Nina Wargel at 800-548-5563. Thank you.

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In Fiscal Year 2018, John A. Logan College CCR&R conducted two QI Fund Cohorts with 13 programs participating and receiving improvement funds.