Erie House Receives ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality Designation
January 23, 2015 | Chicago, IL
This past December, Erie Neighborhood House was awarded the Gold Circle of Quality designation—the highest rating possible—from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.
"Every early learning and development provider who participates in ExceleRate Illinois makes quality a priority,” said Theresa Hawley, executive director, Governor’s Office of Childhood Development. “The higher the designation, the higher the program’s demonstrated quality and comprehensiveness in meeting children’s early learning needs,” she said.
“We have high standards when it comes to partnerships with families and partnerships with the community…I feel that we have taken the approach that families who walk through our doors deserve the highest level of services and these services can all take place within our program,” said Louis Falk, Director of Child Care, who just marked 30 years at Erie Neighborhood House. “I am proud of the fact that we have a world class staff that stay with us on an average of 10 to 15 years, meaning children have continuity of care, which is an important factor in their growth and development.”
Serving 250 children annually from 200 predominately Latino families, Erie provides a bilingual curriculum focusing on developing children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth through activities designed to foster language development, literacy, creativity, independence and school readiness. Erie House has blazed trails in finding solutions to the pressing need for affordable, high-quality child care for low-income families in the Chicago metropolitan area. With full-time social workers and psychologists on hand, Erie House provides children with holistic and professional attention while their parents are working, attending school or training for a new career.