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Brokaw Early Learning Center Among 142 Recognized with Gold Circle of Quality by ISBE

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SD 308 Brokaw Early Learning Center Among 142 Recognized with Gold Circle of Quality by ISBE


ExceleRate Illinois Preparing Children for Success - Proud to be in the Gold Circle of Quality Oswego, Ill. (October 7, 2019) — Brokaw Early Learning Center, part of Oswego Community Unit School District 308, has received the Gold Circle of Quality in fiscal year 2019 through ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s system for supporting continuous improvement among early learning providers.  Brokaw was among 142 public school-based early childhood sites named by The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). “We are so proud of our early childhood programming, which aims to equip our youngest students with the skills needed to maximize their learning in elementary school,” said Faith Dahlquist, Associate Superintendent for Educational Services. “Research shows that early intervention for children equates to greater success in a school environment.”


Gold Circle programs have met the highest standards for quality in three areas: learning environment and teaching, administration, and training and education. Gold Circle programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.


National Louis University has a contract with ISBE to monitor all public school-based early childhood education programs receiving funding through the Preschool for All and Preschool for All Expansion portions of the Early Childhood Block Grant. Each site is monitored on a rotation for consideration for an ExceleRate rating. ISBE calculates ratings for public school-based sites only. ExceleRate Illinois gives each program a designation of Gold, Silver, or Bronze based on the information collected. Those ratings are renewed in each year between observations.


Illinois has made historic investments in early childhood services, increasing appropriations for the Early Childhood Block Grant, which serves children from birth to age 5, by $50 million for a total of $543.7 million in FY 2020.  “High-quality early childhood services prepare students for success throughout their educational careers,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “Schools across the state are improving the quality of their early childhood programs thanks to increased funding and support. ISBE congratulates all of these sites on their dedication to supporting our youngest learners.”


To learn more about Brokaw Early Learning Center, and the programs of SD 308 that support early learners and families, visit