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Baby Toddler Nursery and Teen Baby Nursery, both programs of the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, have earned Gold Circle of Quality ratings from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early childhood programs.

These programs are recognized because they have met or gone beyond the highest quality goals in three areas: learning environment and teaching quality, administrative standards, and staff training and education.

“We are proud to receive the Gold Circle of Quality at both Baby Toddler and Teen Baby,” said Cass Wolfe, executive director.  “Our commitment to quality is paramount to our work, and these designations recognize the efforts of our wonderful staff and families.  Providing quality early learning helps our children here in Evanston be better prepared for success in school and in life,” she said.

ExceleRate Illinois helps families make more informed choices about their children’s early learning. It establishes standards to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. Additionally, it provides a framework for early learning and development professionals to identify opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills. 

Research in science and brain development shows that children who are more meaningfully engaged in early learning experiences from infancy through the first five years of life 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.