Accredited Schools in Illinois Qualify for Top State Rating

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sara Wilson, AMS Senior Director of School Accreditation & School Improvement
Phone: No phone calls, please.

American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163

September 15, 2014 — As a result of AMS’s work with the Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, AMS-accredited schools in that state automatically qualify for the Gold Circle of Quality in ExceleRate Illinois when they apply for recognition in the Quality Rating System. The Gold Circle is the highest level of recognition that can be achieved.

Only 3 other organizations share this distinction: the National Association for Early Childhood Accreditation, the Council on Accreditation, and the Child Care Resource and Referral Network

We are proud to be able to offer this benefit to our accredited schools. And, we hope it will serve to inspire our non-accredited schools to consider yet one more way that AMS accreditation could positively impact them.

As part of the process of achieving recognition in ExceleRate Illinois, AMS staff completed an alignment of the AMS Montessori Early Childhood curriculum and the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children from Birth to Age Three (IELGs) and the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards for Preschool Children (IELDS). The AMS Montessori curriculum is not lesson-specific, but instead was written broadly to demonstrate  how the AMS Montessori pedagogy aligns with the Illinois early learning curriculum standards.

AMS accreditation is also recognized in Iowa, Maryland, Georgia, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia, and we are working towards recognition in several other states.

To learn more about AMS school accreditation, contact Sara Wilson, director of school accreditation & school improvement.

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