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Princeton, Spring Valley preschools earn awards

State Board recognizes 142 early childhood sites for meeting high-quality standards

Douglas Elementary School in Princeton and John F. Kennedy School in Spring Valley are among the 142 public school-based early childhood education sites to receive the Gold Circle of Quality, Illinois State Board of Education has announced.

Douglas and JFK stood out in fiscal year 2019, according to ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s system for supporting continuous improvement among early learning providers.

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.

“With a record $50 million increase in the Early Childhood Block Grant and $100 million to build and repair child care centers and preschools, we’re making real strides to make Illinois a national leader in early childhood education and improve outcomes for thousands of children,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said.

“I’ve been committed to improving early childhood education for decades, because every child deserves high-quality care from their youngest days,” Pritzker said.

Seventy-nine percent of public school-based sites monitored in FY 2019 received a Gold rating.

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

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