All three Early Childhood Centers in Rockford Public Schools received state recognition with an Award of Excellence for Inclusion of Children with Special Needs. The award, from ExceleRate Illinois, is Illinois' highest level of quality rating and improvement system.
The awards recognize research-based best practices in specific content areas. Each award lasts three years, as long as the program retains its designation in the Gold Circle of Quality.
The RPS 205 Early Childhood Program serves about 2,800 students ages 3 and 4. The Executive Director of the Early Childhood Program, Kim Nelson, says that the recognition reaffirms the goals of the program.
“This award validates our commitment to provide inclusive programming and classroom experiences that support access, participation and support for all children, including children with special needs and their families,” Nelson said.
“This is something we can all be proud of as these practices are reflected at each and every one of our sites.”
RPS 205 won the state's Gold Circle of Quality Award in 2013 for its high-caliber program. The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs that have exceeded in 15 benchmarks, including the quality of the learning environment, instructional quality and professional development.
RPS 205 will be recognized for its award at a reception in Springfield on Sept. 29.